Thor and his mighty hammer (and let’s not think dirty now) may be seen sooner than expected because “Monster” director Patty Jenkins may be directing Chris Hemsworth in the sequel. Originally, Irish TV director Brian Kirk whose credits include HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, “Game of Thrones”, and Showtime’s “Dexter” was rumored to direct the flick, but apparently that ain’t so.
According to Deadline, the studio is close to naming her as the film’s follow-up director. Jenkins also directed the pilot episode for AMC’s “The Killing.” Although the sequel has been set for a July 26, 2013 release, Thor will first be seen again in “The Avengers”, opening May 4, 2012.
On a related note, EW has revealed a bit of plot details for “Thor 2″ via Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige:
“[We're going to] take Thor literally to other worlds,” Feige told EW, “…[It will] primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds.”
So far, the only confirmed cast member is Hemsworth himself but Natalie Portman could reprise her role as well as Anthony Hopkins.
The first “Thor” film was directed by Kenneth Branagh.