Rumor: Brad Pitt in the Running for Thor?
As much as I don't like posting rumors, the overwhelming response to Matthew McConaughey as Captain America has convinced me that it might be "fun" to run this one, too. I'm pretty sure I don't believe this rumor for a second, like Marvel is just teasing us for the sake of building up some early buzz, but then again, who really knows? Our amigos over at Latino Review are reporting that Brad Pitt is one of the big names in the running for the role of Thor. No contracts have been signed, but it seems Marvel has their eyes set on Pitt as the hammer wielding Norse god of thunder.
As a refresher, Marvel announced last week their line-up through 2011, which not only included The Avengers, but also Thor in June of 2010. Originally Matthew Vaughn was attached to write and direct, but his contract ended in December. Although he could feasibly be brought back on, current speculation is that Marvel is searching for someone else to direct the adaptation. Mark Protosevich, of I Am Legend and Poseidon, recently finish a new draft of the screenplay for Thor which Marvel is currently trimming down to fit into their budget. Rumors were that Vaughn's original idea was to set it in the time of the Vikings, but that wouldn't work with Marvel's plan to bring all of the superheros together in The Avengers in 2011.
In the Marvel universe, Thor was originally introduced in typical Norse mythology fashion, but as part of the modern Marvel universe and eventually The Avengers. He was first introduced in 1962 as created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, the same three who would go on to create Iron Man the following year. Thor wields the mystical hammer Mjolnir and can control the weather as well as kick plenty of ass. In the Marvel announcement last week, it was mentioned that Thor would first be introduced in Iron Man 2, in some way, before going on to get his own movie.
We all know Brad Pitt and his acting abilities, but is he capable of handling a superhero character? The reference I hear the most when discussing this rumor is his performance as Achilles in Troy. Pitt does have the look and does have the strength, so I'd say he is much better fit than Matthew McConaughey as Captain America. But I still don't believe someone as well-known and powerful as Pitt would take on a cheesy superhero like Thor. Maybe I'm wrong? What do you think?