Of the upcoming slate of solo superhero films in development at Marvel Studios, Thor is the one I'm most excited to see. I believe there's an opportunity to create something unique and special with this character on screen. Knowing who's involved and what it will lead to with cross-overs to the other Marvel solo titles and the eventual Avengers team-up film, makes me overjoyed with excitement and anticipation.
Every news item we've heard about the project from casting updates, meeting reports and first-hand accounts of the behind-the-scenes happenings have been greatly positive. Many of the key roles have been filled in recent months, including this week's announcement of Stellan Skarsgård joining the cast. Now, official open casting calls are being announced for small parts in the Thor movie.
The filmmakers are on the hunt for (Asgardian?) warriors and a college student named Marcy Lewis. The latter further confirms that we'll definitely be seeing at least some Earth-based scenes in the Thor movie, something we first knew for sure upon the casting of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Foster plays Donald Blake's (human) love interest in early Thor comics.
Here are the two casting casting calls released by Marvel Studios.
A fearless warrior race, where size, strength and ferocity define a member's rank in both the social and military hierarchy. Warriors born in this society face the harshest ecological conditions imaginable and thrive in environments where lesser creatures, including humans, quickly perishes. Theirs is a world created to cull weakness from the universe to ensure their supreme sovereignty spreads across the stars. MUST BE 6'2 OR TALLER, NO BODYBUILDER TYPES. SAG ROLE BUT NO LINES. MUST BE COMFORTABLE WEARING PROSTHETICS.
(20) Is a college student. Aloof, jaded beyond her years, she thought her internship with scientist Kate Spelling would be an easy 6 college credits. However, she's been stuck for months in this small New Mexico town and relegated to a wide range of unglamorous activities. Kate has been particularly hard on Marcy, making it her personal project to see that Marcy lives up to her potential. Marcy deals with her situation both by using subtle irony and by being an overt wiseass.
Are you a member of the SAG and fit these descriptions? I don't. What do you draw from these casting calls?
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character along with a stellar supporting cast including Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Colm Feore, Brian Blessed, Stellan Skarsgård and Jaimie Alexander. It is directed by Kenneth Branagh and is set to begin production next year with a release date of May 20, 2011.