Stellan Skarsgård Joins Thor

Swedish-born Stellan Skarsgård (Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, Angels & Demons) has been added to the cast of Marvel Studios' Thor film.

Skarsgård joins Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Colm Feore and Brian Blessed (Odin).

The actor says he cannot reveal who he's playing in the film, as with Colm Feore whom we only know will be playing some sort of villain.

The 58 year old actor was initially asked to join the Thor cast without being given a chance to read the script. This was due to Marvel's efforts to keep plot details secure and secret but that wouldn't work for Skarsgård.

"They wanted me to sign without reading the script. That I refused to do. Then they sent one to me that was so coded that I could only print one copy."

What's ironic about all of this is the fact that Stellan's son, Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) was a lead candidate to play the titular role of Thor in this film until Mr. Hemsworth nabbed that spot. He must be jealous of his father now.

Stellan Skarsgård as Cerdic in King Arthur

Kenneth Branagh's project is coming together well and I am impressed and excited about the cast so far. He continues to add strong talent and actors that fall in line with his Shakespearean roots. Mr. Skarsgård is not new to playing roles in period pieces, having played important characters in King Arthur, Beowulf and Grendel and Pirates of the Caribbean.

What do you think of the cast so far and of Stellan Skarsgård's addition?

Thor begins production next Spring and hits theaters on May 20, 2011.

Source: Ystads Allehanda (via The Geek Files)

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