Briefly: Alice Krige has a look that is both regal and gorgeously unusual, which has made her perfect for roles as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact, as well as in films and TV series like Silent Hill, Deadwood, and the Quay Brothers’ early feature Institute Benjamenta.
Now Krige is set for a role in Thor: The Dark World, which begins shooting later this month under the direction of Alan Taylor from a script by Robert Rodat. We don’t know her role, but we do know that Christopher Eccleston is playing Malekith the Accursed, the leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. So she may be an associated personality. Krige confirmed her participation in the film this past weekend at the big Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, and noted that she may not be recognizable, which has led to suspicion that she’ll be wearing a good deal of makeup and/or prosthetics. But why hire Krige just to hide her?
Thor: The Dark World brings Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Stellan Skarsgard and Ray Stevenson back into Asgard and related realms. It is set for release on November 8, 2013. [CBM]
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While Marvel’s recently Comic-Con panel answered many, many questions about Phase 2 of their Cinematic Universe, one huge question remained: How will Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man fit in? After showing the test footage, Wright and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige just let the film sit there leaving all of us to wonder if the film would play a part in Phase 2, presumably ending with The Avengers 2, or maybe kick off Phase 3 after Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Latino Review is now reporting that once Alan Taylor finishes shooting Thor: The Dark World in London, Wright will start shooting Ant-Man in the same space. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Zachary Levi is going from the Buy More to Asgard. The star of the cult TV show Chuck is in negotiations to join the cast of Alan Taylor‘s Thor 2 as Fandral, one of the Warriors Three. But wait, you say. Wasn’t that part was played by Josh Dallas in the first film? Correct. However, Dallas now stars on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time and had to bow out of the Marvel sequel for that, leaving the door open for Levi. Oddly enough, Levi was reportedly first cast as Fandral in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor but his show Chuck got picked up for another season and he had to do that. Now the roles are reversed. Read more after the jump. Read More »
After The Avengers, the Marvel Movie Universe is a whole new world and, if you listened to our podcast, you know its bounds are limitless. Iron Man 3 is now filming, Captain America 2 is in the works and Thor 2 will start shooting before the year is out aimed at a November 15, 2013 release date. There are two other films in the works as well.
On the Asgardian front, all we’ve really heard about the movie is that director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) would create a whole new Asgard. That along with some casting - Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster will return along with Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and other supporting characters - hasn’t really given us a good idea of the plot. A recent report added some more pieces to the puzzle, though, with Mads Mikkelsen likely to play a new villain.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has now confirmed that Thor 2 will have a “major new villain” but it will not be Thanos, whose finger prints were all over the events of The Avengers. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »
Thursday, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Hemsworth to talk about his upcoming film, of which he actually has two. He’s got The Cabin in the Woods which opens Friday, as well as The Avengers, which opens May 4. In the interview, we actually did talk about both films, and the odd, circular, Joss Whedon link between them, but the conversation predictably turned to his upcoming projects including Thor 2, directed by Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor.
Hemsworth revealed he’s read the script and met with Taylor (as well as co-star Natalie Portman) about the film. Plus he says Taylor is going to bring a whole new look and feel to Asgard this time around. We’ll post the full interview in the coming days but, read his Thor 2 update after the jump. Read More »
Marvel’s development of a sequel to this past summer’s Thor has turned into a minor spectacle. Brian Kirk, a TV director with recent experience on Game of Thrones, was nearly hired, but walked away over “creative and financial sticking points that arose during negotiations.” Patty Jenkins, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Monster, was hired, and then fired. Finally, another director with TV and Game of Thrones experience, Alan Taylor, was hired.
As all this took place Marvel had a Thor 2 draft in hand from Don Payne, a Simpsons writer who is among the five people with writing credits on Thor. But Marvel planned to have someone do another pass on the script once a director was in place. Now that Taylor is set, Robert Rodat has been hired to rework Payne’s script. Rodat got sole credit for the screenplays for The Patriot and Saving Private Ryan, and created the 2011 alien invasion series Falling Skies. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, December 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
Thor 2 made headlines back in September when it tapped Patty Jenkins to direct — making her the first female filmmaker ever chosen for a big Marvel Studios picture — and then again earlier this month when Jenkins was abruptly fired from her post. Now it seems the project’s back on track, as news breaks that Game of Thrones‘ Alan Taylor has been offered the job. Taylor and another Game of Thrones director, Daniel Minahan, were reported as the two finalists for the position a few weeks ago. More details after the jump.
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We were surprised when Monster director Patty Jenkins vacated the directorial chair for Marvel Studios’ Thor 2. Her hire was unexpected in the first place, as women are rarely given the chance to direct studio event pictures, and Marvel Studios hasn’t directly hired a woman to direct one of its superhero features. (Punisher: War Zone was directed by Lexi Alexander, but wasn’t directly a Marvel Studios movie.)
When Jenkins left the film the report was that she had moved on thanks to ‘creative differences’ and that the split between her and Marvel was amicable. Now there is contrary word saying that Jenkins was fired, perhaps summarily, and that Thor co-star Natalie Portman, who campaigned for Jenkins to be hired, is furious over the situation. Read More »