We are not a big site about news, but when something amazing happens in the news, we break it. Something that REALLY excites us. Something along the lines of one of the coolest actors being cast in one what is sure to be an epic film.
Something like Sir Anthony “Hannibal Lecter” Hopkins being cast as the father of the Mighty Thor, Odin. Awesome. Hopkins has played a “similar” role in the feature film Beowulf, but this time one can hope that the movie will actually be good! I also always imagined Odin a bit taller, but when you have an actor like this, a knighted Oscar winning actor, I feel like little things like height don’t matter.
Now, Marvel’s latest initiative is to get high profile directors in on their properties, men like Gavin Hood, Ang Lee, and Jon Favreau. With Kenneth Branagh at the helm of Thor, we knew that this is going to shape up to be something insanely great and quite epic on scale, and now with the news of Hopkins as Odin? You could count me in already, but now you can count me in to the midnight IMAX screening as soon as tickets go on sale.
We already have a great cast lined up, as well. Robert DeNiro, Jude Law, Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgard are all rumored to have roles in the film, as well as Chris Hemsworth (Kirk’s dad in the last Star Trek film) as Thor and Tom Hiddleston (who has worked with Branagh in the past) as Loki. Throw in a little Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, and we’re looking at a very exciting round up for a feature film here.
So get excited, kids. Thor is set to hit theaters in 2011 as part of Marvel’s Avengers filmset.