Kenneth Branagh’s Thor has picked up a couple more cast members. Colm Feore and Jaimie Alexander are the latest additions to the cast which already features Chris Hemsworth,recently seen in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot as George Kirk, in the title role of the Norse god of thunder banished to Earth to live among humans, Tom Hiddleston as the movie’s villain, Loki, the god of mischief, and Natalie Portman as Thor’s mortal love interest, Jane Foster, all according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Alexander, best known for the TV show Kyle XY, will be playing Sif, an Asgardian warrior who “can hold her own against any man.” Before working on Thor, she will be joining Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in Love and Other Drugs.Feore’s part, apparently a villain, is shrouded in mystery. The studio has not sent the actors scripts yet. Colm Feore has recently been seen on the TV shows 24 and The Listener, and has appeared in the movies Paycheck, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Changeling.
Kenneth Branagh is signed to direct, and is “deep in preproduction.” Branagh’s involvement came after a “lot of meetings and a lot of phone calls,” according to President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige recently told Examiner.com. Feige said that the well-known Shakespearean (and Prof. Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) was “intrigued by the material and really connected to it.” Feige had been initially impressed with Branagh’s ability to make the classics accessible to the masses, as with Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V, which he expects will also bring toThor.
“People who expect Thor to be speaking in ‘thees’ and ‘thous’ will be surprised,” Feige says.
Source: Capital District Movies Examiner, Jim Dixon