In last two weeks there have been a few additional announcements made for Marvel Studios' upcoming Thor film. We learned that Stellan Skarsgård, father of Thor candidate Alexander Skarsgård, was cast into the movie but he had to remain tight-lipped about who he was playing. Following that, a pair of open casting calls surfaced that asked for a college student and a bunch of large "fearless" warriors.
So, if you weren't excited about the cast so far which also includes Chris Hemsworth as the title character, Tom Hiddleston as his nemesis, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore and possibly Brian Blessed as Odin, you might be more excited now with the following two names possibly added to the cast.
According to actor Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) in an interview for the German edition of GQ, he reveals that he's in the running for a role in Thor but that Jude Law and Robert De Niro have also already been cast. Yes, De Niro and Jude Law in one of the next Marvel Superhero epics...
There's no word on who any of them would play, keeping with the secrecy we've seen surrounding many of the characters and the story of the film. Even when they asked Stellan Skarsgård to join, they did so without giving him a script to which he said no unless he got to read one. So, he eventually received a coded script that allows only one printing.
With many of the key characters cast, it's anyone's guess as to who Feore, Skarsgård, De Niro, Law and Schweighöfer would play but one thing's for sure - director Kenneth Branagh sure has an eye for talent, most of which that have a Shakespearean background to match his own.
At first glance, I found it slightly weird to think of these two as part of the cast, but the more I think about it, the more I dig it. They're both big names and both will help draw in more moviegoers. As for Law, I'm happy to see him back in the limelight now that he's older. With his role as Watson in Sherlock Holmes this December and now a role in Thor, he's back big time. De Niro in this movie may be tougher pill to swallow but it's very believable considering he and Kenneth Branagh worked together on Frankenstein back in the day - Branagh directed that as well and they both acted in it.
What do you think of the possible cast of Thor now? Who do you think these actors could be playing in the film?
Thor begins production next year with a release date of May 20, 2011.
Source: AICN, Ultimate Thor Art by Alex Chun