Last month, news broke that Thor director Kenneth Branagh was seen meeting with True Blood actor, Alexander Skarsgård. This sparked rumors that the 6’4” son of veteran actor Stellan Skarsgård was in the running to wield the Mighty hammer, Mjolnir.
Those rumors may now be all for naught as news broke this weekend that Alexander may no longer be contending for the lead role in Marvel Studios' upcoming Thor, The Avengers and potential sequels.
In speaking with E! Online at the Paley Center for Media's 25th Annual TV Festival last week, Skarsgård was asked about whether or not he’d be playing Thor and he replied with this:
"No, I don't think so. I haven't gotten the call, so..."
No call? If he was the lead contender or even a reasonable possibility, he’d be well in the loop and well-informed. So unless he’s just hiding something/dodging the question (very doubtful) it appears that Alexander will likely not be playing Thor in the upcoming Marvel epic.
I’m disappointed by this news – out of the candidates, I, like many others, felt strongly that Alexander was perfect for the role and I can’t think of a better choice.
Last month, Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood reported on the six candidates apparently being considered for the role. In addition to Alexander Skarsgård, that list included Josh Hartnett, Liam Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Joel Kinnaman.
Hartnett is reportedly in the running to play Loki as well, and as I can’t see him at all portraying Thor, I find it hard to believe he’s actually a contender for that role in addition to Loki. As for the other four candidates, I can’t see any of them playing the part either so if Alexander’s out, I hope they have a new list of candidates. Better yet, I hope Alexander’s still in the running and that Branagh and co. have just been busy in recent times.
What do you think of Alexander Skarsgård possibly no long being a candidate for Thor?
Thor opens at its new later date of June 17, 2011.
Source: E! Online (via IGN)