Tom Hiddleston Is Thor’s Nemesis Loki

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:37 pm,

thor loki Tom Hiddleston Is Thor’s Nemesis Loki

It’s been a big few days for Kenneth Branagh and his upcoming Marvel epic, Thor. On Saturday, all the rumors and speculation were put to rest as we finally found out Chris Hemsworth (Captain Kirk’s short-lived dad from Star Trek) would be playing Thor. To keep the buzz momentum going, today we found out that Tom Hiddleston has been cast as the villain, Loki.

Just last week, director Kenneth Branagh spoke out about the casting delays and said he’d hopefully have announcements soon – I didn’t expect this big news all in the same week.

Nikki Finke broke the news over the weekend about the casting of Thor and today she does it again, reporting that Tom Hiddleston has been selected to play Loki. We can now put the Josh Hartnett rumors to bed.

Tom Hiddleston was one of the six rumored candidates to play Thor from back in March and more recently, at the beginning of May, Branagh gave an update regarding casting and confirmed that Hiddleston was in fact, one of the actors in the running to play Thor. Hiddleston and Branagh know each other and work together on the hit detective series, Wallander, which helped him become of the lead candidates. Tom is 6′ 1½” and nearly 28 years old – He hails from London, England.

For the Thor casting decision, they likely waited till after Trek debuted to great reviews and success before deciding/announcing Chris Hemsworth as the lead so he’d be a recognizable choice. With relatively unknown actors playing Thor and Loki, they’re going to need some big name supporting cast members – perhaps that Natalie Portman rumor may come to fruition?

There’s been some worry about the marketability of this movie since it’s pretty extreme relative to its Marvel movie counterparts in the form of Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk all being based in our reality. Thor, on the other hand, is largely based in Asgard, the fictional Realm in Marvel comics described as an asteroid-like world suspended in a “Sea of Space,” and deals with powerful gods as opposed to mechanized suits or experiments gone wrong. For the movie to be marketable, Thor will have to look like a visually stunning epic and have a bunch of cameos by the major players from the other films leading up to the Avengers movie.

What do you think of the selections to play Thor and Loki?

Thor is scheduled to open May 20, 2011 and I don’t think it’ll be delayed again now that is has its cast forming up.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. First! haha i have always wanted to do that!

  2. Do you have anything to say about the movie, actors or the news?

  3. Good to hear casting is going for Thor. Hopefully we will hear something from the Green Lantern movie soon.

  4. I love the casting of Chris as Thor. Though he was only in Star Trek for about 5 minutes, I thought he did a wonderful job portraying the epic father or James T. Kirk.

    I’ve always applauded the casting of relatively unknowns to launch a new superhero character.

  5. as the comments show I don’t Thor is of major concern.

    I never heard of this guy but I don’t mind casting unknowns.

  6. *think*

  7. Well………….I’ll give him this, he DOES look like Loki.

  8. I do.

    Branagh is an AMAZING director and actor so I’m excited for an action movie by him.

    And that Loki actor looks a little weasel-like, so he could pull off a bad guy, I’d think. I trust Branagh to pick the best actors available.

  9. I agree with casting little known actors because the realm of Asgard and the action will have to be epic. Marvel will need a heck of a lot of money to pay ILM (or whomever they get for the effects) for what they will need to make this movie successful.

  10. I’m not sure how they’re going to be able to tie Thor’s origin and universe into the Iron Man universe. This should be interesting.

  11. I thought Thor was a terrible choice. I don’t know much about this guy so I can’t really say much about it though I was kind of wanting Hartnett to get it. He is a good actor and I wanted to see what he could do with it plus at least one big name would of helped the film make money. Though with the casting of Thor I’m not even sure I will watch it unless some good news comes out or at least a good trailer. So far it’s not looking good.

  12. if Blessed is Odin it will be worth the price of admission


  13. I still think that Josh Harnett would have been a better choice and a draw for people to check out the movie people would have been interested to see if he was as diabolical as Ledger as Joker and who cares how tall Loki is…

    I think the Thor casting might be great tho, well have to see if the dude can bulk up, better get that HGH out lol.

    Also Im have some Tales of Asgard comics and some other Thor stuff but not much with him in this world, so how are they gonna make that work? I don’t remember the story other then the guy is a weakling cripple that finds Mjoilner and turns into Thor, are they gonna wait til the end of the movie and curse or banish Thor from Asgard into the hammer and then show the guy find it on earth or what? Someone fill me in!

  14. Hiddleston looks perfect looks-wise.

    If the director wanted him specifically, I’m sure it’s for a good reason.

    I like this news considerably better than the Hemsworth news.

  15. Couldnt Josh Hartnett still play Donald Blake?

  16. I gotta say, he certainly looks like Loki.

  17. On Donald Blake, i dont see how they can have the same guy playing a skinny cripple and a big tough guy, they have to go for two different guys or it will suck.

  18. Is this the same guy that made Robert Deniro in Frankenstein… That was a joke that flick with Frankenstein already speaking fluently after an hour of just being created… This has got FAILURE written all over it… Not for KIDS anyway who think IRON MAN is hip… MAKE MINE DC ANYDAY…

  19. Glad about the unknowns, even happier about them being English! Love Wallander! Personally I find big names ruin the actual story because you’re only focused on the actor rather than the character he’s playing.

  20. I believe ‘Thor’ will be the the Lord of the Rings version for Marvel and the film will end with Thor banihed to Earth modern day inside the staff and found by the good doctor. This will help Marvel injection of magic and mythology into the Avengers film and the Marvel Studio’s movie universe.

  21. Does anyone know If he was only contracted for 1 Marvel movie? Or did he get a multi-movie deal with marvel?