Idris Elba Joins the Cast of Kenneth Branagh's Thor as Heimdall
by Alex Billington
November 19, 2009
So it looks like Marvel plans to continue to drop hints about what to expect storywise in the Thor movie by announcing more casting and giving us a taste of who the most important characters are. THR's Heat Vision reports today that Idris Elba has joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Thor. Elba will play Heimdall, the guardian of the mythical world of Asgard, who stands on the BiFrost Bridge ready to defend the city from intruders. Boy does he look like a badass guardian. But does this mean Asgard going to be attacked at some point in the movie? Is that the hint Marvel is dropping here? Any more revelations?
Idris Elba previously starred in Obsessed, The Unborn, RocknRolla, Prom Night, American Gangster, and he also appears on "The Office". He's a fine actor and I'm glad to see him join this cast as well. I don't know anything about the role, but I'm sure he's cast in it for a reason (as in, it's important). Thor also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano. I'm curious if there are any other roles we don't know about that have been cast with name actors as well. Of course, we'll keep you updated!