Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters everywhere in a couple of weeks, Doctor Strange is currently in post-production, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is presently before the cameras in Atlanta. Next up is the untitled Spider-Man film, and then we’ll be into Thor: Ragnarok, the third in Marvel’s series of somewhat disappointing solo adventures of the Norse God of Thunder. Adding fuel to the speculation that the studio is trying to shake things up for Thor in the upcoming film is an interesting casting announcement that a rising star from Creed is joining the movie for a very central role.
Deadline is reporting today that Tessa Thompson has signed a multi-film deal to appear in Thor: Ragnarok, with an option for future Marvel projects, as “a kind of superhero” and a “love interest” for the leading man played by Chris Hemsworth. Hm. Using the phrase “love interest” kind of implies that Natalie Portman won’t be back to woo Thor further in Ragnarok. Other Thor characters have also been rumored to be sitting out part 3 including Stellan Skarsgård‘s Eric Selvig and Jamie Alexander‘s Lady Sif. If Portman’s Jane Foster is out, then director Taika Waititi is really shaking things up.
Once again, what we do know about Thor: Ragnarok is that it will be a galactic road trip buddy flick with Thor and Bruce Banner/The Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo. Tom Hiddleston will be returning as the villainous Loki, Anthony Hopkins is expected to return as the all-father Odin, and Cate Blanchett will be playing the big bad Hel, ruler of the Underworld. Thompson, meanwhile, will next be appearing alongside Portman in Alex Garland’s Annihilation, and alongside Hopkins in HBO’s Westworld.
Expect more news about Thor: Ragnarok in the weeks to come as the movie races towards principal photography. We’ll keep you posted on the all the developments.
Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters everywhere November 3, 2017.