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As you may recall, we published the rumor that Hiddleston was being considered for Thor a few weeks back. You can see that post here.
Well, he’s joined the cast! Not as the film’s hero, but as its villain.
It was announced today that Hiddleston will be taking on the role of “Loki” in the new Kenneth Branaugh film of Marvel Comic’s godly hero. Hiddleston is well-known to director Branaugh as the two co-star in the UK series “Wallander”. This news follows yesterday’s announcement of Chris Hemsworth taking over the title role.
Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily announced today that Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will play the Marvel Superhero “Thor” in the new movie being helmed by Kenneth Branaugh. Hemsworth can currently be seen as “George Kirk” in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.
Finke tells this interesting story of how Hemsworth snagged the role:
The way Chris Hemsworth got the part of Thor is one of those great Hollywood backstories that happens only once in a blue moon. Ward had found Chris during one of the manager’s many scouting trips to Australia. Ward brought him to Los Angeles and really put him out there to casting directors and production executives. As for the major agencies, I hear CAA passed on the meeting, Endeavor took it but passed on repping him, and ICM was interested but dragged their feet. But Eileen Feldman got his appeal immediately.
Chris had read for the part of Thor but wasn’t given a test because a casting director had nixed him early on. I’m told Chris’ younger brother Liam (who’s also a ROAR client) then tested for the role of Thor, but Marvel’s Kevin Feige passed.
Then, after a conversation with Ward (“You’ve got to reconsider Chris, he’s your guy”), Feige decided to let Chris read again. And once Marvel put him on tape, it was “Oh my god”. Branagh came to town last week and saw the Chris test and made the final casting decision today.
Well, he looks the part. Wonder how the fan community will react to this news?
Update: See the first image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor here.
From the BBC:
An unusual disguise has helped a Bangkok fireman rescue an eight-year-old boy who had climbed on to a third-floor window ledge, Thai police say.
The firefighter dressed up as the comic book superhero Spider-Man in order to coax the boy, who is autistic, from his dangerous perch.
(Hmmm … wonder what would have happened had he been a Batman fan? — Ed.)
Police said teachers had alerted the fire station after the boy began crying and climbed out of a classroom window.
It was reportedly his first day at the special needs school.
Efforts by the teachers to persuade the pupil to come back inside had failed.
But a remark by his mother about his passion for comic superheroes prompted fireman Somchai Yoosabai to rush back to the station, where he kept a Spider-Man costume in his locker.
The sight of Mr Somchai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy’s face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his “superhero”, police said.
Mr Somchai normally uses the costume to liven up fire drills in schools.
In an interview with Total Film, Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, had this to say about comic book movies:
The main reason why comics can’t work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant.
These people may be able to add up and balance the books, but in every other area they are stupid and incompetent and don’t have any talent.
And this is why a film is going to be a work that’s done by dozens and dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people.
They’re going to show it to the backers and then they’re going to say, we want this in it, and this in it… and where’s the monster?
But Moore didn’t just have it in for movies. He’s also not too keen on American superhero comics:
I’ve recently come to the point where I think that basically most American superhero comics, and this is probably a sweeping generalisation, they’re a lot like America’s foreign policy.
America has an inordinate fondness for the unfair fight.
That’s why I believe guns are so popular in America – because you can ambush people, you can shoot them in the back, you can behave in a very cowardly fashion. Friendly fire, or as we call it everywhere else in the world, American fire.
Oh, Alan, you really like to stir things up don’t you?
And, whether you agree with him or not, we think the world needs more iconoclasts like Mr. Moore. And more writers with his level of talent.
What do you all think?