By Odin’s Beard! Anthony Hopkins is Thor’s Daddy

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Surprise? Don’t be. “Thor” is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, after all. Once Marvel Studios hired on the Shakespeare man, it was pretty much “anything goes” when it comes to the studio’s Asgard product. According to the trades, Hannibal Lecter himself has all but signed on to play Thor’s daddy Odin in the upcoming “Thor” movie, set to shoot early next year.

“Thor” will follow the titular god of thunder (to be played by “Star Trek’s” Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment for his misdeed, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans, so that he may learn to temper that “I’m the God of Thunder, hear me roar!” attitude of his. Once among mortal men, our hero learns what it takes to be a true hero, thanks to the love of human woman Jane Foster (to be played by Natalie Portman). Just in time, too, because dark forces from Asgard have just launched an invasion of Earth. And just when he’s about to ask Jane to move in with him, too. What rotten timing!

Besides Hemsworth as Thor, Portman as Foster, and now Hopkins as Odin, the cast also includes Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s evil half-brother, the evil trickster Loki, and Jaimie Alexander as Sif, a fellow Asgardian badass.

Branagh will direct from a script by Mark Protosevich, Zack Stentz, and Ashley Miller, with Marvel scheduling in a grand Summer 2011 entrance for the God of Thunder and his mighty hammer.

Odin talks softly but carries a big ass ax.

Odin talks softly but carries a big ass ax.

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  • ulik

    OMG!!!This is incredible news!!!! Hopkins was my first choice initially as Odin, then I heard news about Brian Blessed being rumored as Odin then news about Stellan Skarsgard possibly being Odin also but Hopkins is BY FAR THE GREATEST CHOICE!!! Hopkins is an incredible actor with profound screen presence, him alone could carry this movie. This movie quite possibly might be Marvel’s first serious all out epic classic even possibly surpassing Iron Man especially in stellar performances.No doubt critics,fanboys,and even the average joe will like this movie. The will just have to do some camera tricks to make Hopkins look as tall as Chris Hemsworth and some “300″esque effects for Odin’s musculature. Althogh Odin is old,he definitely is not short and chubby.

  • ulik

    OMG!!!This is incredible news!!!! Hopkins was my first choice initially as Odin, then I heard news about Brian Blessed being rumored as Odin then news about Stellan Skarsgard possibly being Odin also but Hopkins is BY FAR THE GREATEST CHOICE!!! Hopkins is an incredible actor with profound screen presence, him alone could carry this movie. This movie quite possibly might be Marvel’s first serious all out epic classic even possibly surpassing Iron Man especially in stellar performances.No doubt critics,fanboys,and even the average joe will like this movie. The will just have to do some camera tricks to make Hopkins look as tall as Chris Hemsworth and some “300″esque effects for Odin’s musculature. Althogh Odin is old,he definitely is not short and chubby.

  • ulik

    OMG!!!This is incredible news!!!! Hopkins was my first choice initially as Odin, then I heard news about Brian Blessed being rumored as Odin then news about Stellan Skarsgard possibly being Odin also but Hopkins is BY FAR THE GREATEST CHOICE!!! Hopkins is an incredible actor with profound screen presence, him alone could carry this movie. This movie quite possibly might be Marvel’s first serious all out epic classic even possibly surpassing Iron Man especially in stellar performances.No doubt critics,fanboys,and even the average joe will like this movie. The will just have to do some camera tricks to make Hopkins look as tall as Chris Hemsworth and some “300″esque effects for Odin’s musculature. Althogh Odin is old,he definitely is not short and chubby.

  • Bob13

    As usual, this seems like it will be a movie fulll of predictable outcomes, stereotypical characters and cliché scenes. Once again they will spoil a great character with lots of potential. These types of movies, with the exception of Batman the Dark Night, are always cliché, overdone and unoriginal. As soon as i read the basic scenario i knew this one would be the same. Even without having seen it i know how its gonna be: a Thor, looking like something out of a Power Rangers Medieval special, fighting CG monster dinosaurs roaring every 10 seconds…overdone and BORING. And why Brannagh? i bet he hasnt read a comic book in his life. He won’t know how to portray the character in the right way. Why dont they just let Chris Nolan do it, i mean he did a Great job on Batman…

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Um wow. How are you getting that? Branagh is directing, and he wouldn’t allow something like that in front of his camera. I mean seriously! If anything he may not have read one, but he does his research man. He’s a classicly trained Shakespearean actor, and director of films based on the plays. He knows how to film a period piece, and all about getting amazing costumes and such. If any comicbook movie could use his experince with Shakespeare it’s Thor, though they’ve said they won’t be speaking in that faux Shakepearean english. I think I’m going to have to agree with Ulik, as we have been talking back and forth about this movie anyway. I think it will be the next big fantasy flick after Clash of the Titans hits.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Um wow. How are you getting that? Branagh is directing, and he wouldn’t allow something like that in front of his camera. I mean seriously! If anything he may not have read one, but he does his research man. He’s a classicly trained Shakespearean actor, and director of films based on the plays. He knows how to film a period piece, and all about getting amazing costumes and such. If any comicbook movie could use his experince with Shakespeare it’s Thor, though they’ve said they won’t be speaking in that faux Shakepearean english. I think I’m going to have to agree with Ulik, as we have been talking back and forth about this movie anyway. I think it will be the next big fantasy flick after Clash of the Titans hits.

    • Thors Fury

      http://www.beyondhollywood.com/by-odins-beard-extended-thor-comic-con-trailer-online/

      Check this out Bob13. Its not the comic but its not bad.

  • Bob13

    As usual, this seems like it will be a movie fulll of predictable outcomes, stereotypical characters and cliché scenes. Once again they will spoil a great character with lots of potential. These types of movies, with the exception of Batman the Dark Night, are always cliché, overdone and unoriginal. As soon as i read the basic scenario i knew this one would be the same. Even without having seen it i know how its gonna be: a Thor, looking like something out of a Power Rangers Medieval special, fighting CG monster dinosaurs roaring every 10 seconds…overdone and BORING. And why Brannagh? i bet he hasnt read a comic book in his life. He won’t know how to portray the character in the right way. Why dont they just let Chris Nolan do it, i mean he did a Great job on Batman…

  • Bob13

    As usual, this seems like it will be a movie fulll of predictable outcomes, stereotypical characters and cliché scenes. Once again they will spoil a great character with lots of potential. These types of movies, with the exception of Batman the Dark Night, are always cliché, overdone and unoriginal. As soon as i read the basic scenario i knew this one would be the same. Even without having seen it i know how its gonna be: a Thor, looking like something out of a Power Rangers Medieval special, fighting CG monster dinosaurs roaring every 10 seconds…overdone and BORING. And why Brannagh? i bet he hasnt read a comic book in his life. He won’t know how to portray the character in the right way. Why dont they just let Chris Nolan do it, i mean he did a Great job on Batman…

    • Dedpool

      Um wow. How are you getting that? Branagh is directing, and he wouldn’t allow something like that in front of his camera. I mean seriously! If anything he may not have read one, but he does his research man. He’s a classicly trained Shakespearean actor, and director of films based on the plays. He knows how to film a period piece, and all about getting amazing costumes and such. If any comicbook movie could use his experince with Shakespeare it’s Thor, though they’ve said they won’t be speaking in that faux Shakepearean english. I think I’m going to have to agree with Ulik, as we have been talking back and forth about this movie anyway. I think it will be the next big fantasy flick after Clash of the Titans hits.

  • M-Cat

    Awesome news! Hopkins will be great and gives the movie a serious feel to it. love it.

  • M-Cat

    Awesome news! Hopkins will be great and gives the movie a serious feel to it. love it.

  • M-Cat

    Awesome news! Hopkins will be great and gives the movie a serious feel to it. love it.

  • whtukall

    Hopkins as ODIN??? Now you can expect an awesome movie. And Chris Hemsworth is the EXCELLENT choice for Thor! I’m looking forward to seeing this movie, I hope it surpasses Batman and Spiderman!