So the interesting news from comic book land is that Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, was actually offered the role of Thor by Marvel Studios, but has turned it down. As we know by now, Shakespearean guy Kenneth Branagh, in one of those WTF moments, has been hired to direct the live-action movie of the Thunder God. I suspect hiring Branagh was a calculated move by Marvel, much like hiring a critically acclaim director like Jon Favreau for “Iron Man”. But really, Kenneth Friggin Branagh? Seriously, Marvel? Anyways, here’s that bit of news about Craig turning down Thor.
IESB asked if Craig was interested in doing something a little different character-wise, like Thor?
Craig said no, he turned it down and laughed about it.
Sanchez continued, “seriously, I heard the folks over at Marvel had you on a short list to be Thor.”
Craig said yes they [Marvel] did approach him but he turned it down. He added jokingly, it would have been too much of a power trip, both Bond and Thor, and running around with long hair and a hammer.
It’s probably for the best. Craig is an excellent actor, and can brood with the best of them, not to mention the accent would work on the character. But let’s face it, he’s just not all that physically imposing of a figure. But who is? We’re talking about a God here, after all. With a big friggin hammer, to boot.
Below: It’s Hammer time.