A source has reported to TheWrap that director Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. This is quite a leap from his role directing Flight of the Conchords! Known mostly for his indie comedies, Waititi must have proved worthy, as he beat out Ruben Fletcher for the job of succeeding directors Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World). As of yet, no Marvel rep has responded to a request for comment.
As for the definites of the film, it will be produced by Kevin Feige and feature the familiar faces of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif.
Here’s some background info on Waititi for those of you who are unfamiliar with his name. Waititi is a New Zealand native whose previous directorial work includes the vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows and the indie comedy Eagle vs. Shark. He also penned the script for Moana, an upcoming Disney animated movie set to hit theaters next fall. Perhaps most impressively, Waititi received an Oscar nod in 2005 for his short film Two Cars, One Night. Currently, he’s working on his new movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Thor: Ragnarok opens July 28, 2017.