Rene Russo Also Joins the Epic Cast of Kenneth Branagh's Thor
by Ethan Anderton
December 17, 2009
I'd be lying if I said that my interest in Marvel Entertainment's Thor has completely turned around all the way from little-to-none up to great anticipation. While I attribute most of my excitement to seeing how a director like Kenneth Branagh handles a big superhero movie, it's also because of the ever increasingly impressive casting announcements, including Anthony Hopkins being cast as Thor's father Odin. Now it looks like Odin has his wife as Variety reports Rene Russo has signed on to play Frigga, the queen of Asgard who is also not only the mother of the hammer-wielding Thor, but his mischievous nemesis Loki.
Rene Russo was a top actress starring a lot of movies in the 90s, but she hasn't been in anything good this decade. She last starred in Yours, Mine and Ours and Two for the Money, both from 2005. I'm not sure if it's good to have her back, but it definitely does make this cast even more appealing, if that's even possible.
And if Thor shapes up to be a worthy superhero film, it'll only give more reason for that the forthcoming Avengers flick to be one hell of a ride. And if you need a bit of a refresher, Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz (who are now taking on the vampire flick Damn Nation) wrote the screenplay which has the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor reigniting an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world, Loki, sends dark forces to invade Earth. I can't wait for Branagh and Thor to bring the thunder!