Stellan Skarsgard Joins the Cast of Kenneth Branagh's Thor

October 5, 2009
Source: ComingSoon

Stellan Skarsgard

Way back before we knew that Chris Hemsworth had been cast to play Thor, one of the originally rumored candidates for the role was Alexander Skarsgard (who is currently on "True Blood"), the son of more well known actor Stellan Skarsgard. According to a report from ComingSoon (that comes from a translation of a Swedish write-up via TT Spektra in Sweden), Stellan Skarsgard revealed that he has joined the cast of Kenneth Branagh's Thor in a role that he can't yet reveal. Stellan is still an incredibly talented actor and I gained even more respect for him after Pirates of the Caribbean (where he played Will Turner's father).

The Swedish article claims "Skarsgård is ready for a role in action movie Thor" and includes this quote: "They wanted me to sign without reading the script. That I refused to do. Then they sent one to me that was so coded that I could only print one copy." And I guess he then decided to sign on? My guess is that he won't have a huge role, but he'll be involved in some integral way, kind of like how Bootstrap Bill was important in Pirates even though he didn't appear that often. With Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, and now Stellan Skarsgard, Kenneth Branagh has rounded up one hell of a great cast for Thor.

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  • r reid
    Would have been so better with Alexander in it.
  • Luke
    Odin??? I would haev thought he would be a large part being Odin but jsut a thought? Perhaps they are not having him as such a main character
  • tazz
    @#1 i thought Brian Blessed was going to be Odin
  • zetsu
    i can't wait to see this movie,it's got one great fucking cast & director now let's get some photo's of cast in costume & some sets,movie promotion posters & the fucking trailer.also when are we going to get some captain america casting news, don't both films come out 2011 just month's apart from each other.
  • casshern
    As Thor is from Norse mythology, they probably figured they need at least 1 guy from Scandinavian.
  • He'll do great.
  • sojourner
    Brian Blessed is still Odin last time I checked IMDB, that comment makes even less sense due to the fact that the article says nothing about Stellan being cast as Odin.
  • Luke
    No i was reffering to him possibly being cast as Odin. Never 100% trust IMDb as it changes alot and isn't always currently updated
  • tazz
    @8 Luke i dont trust IMDB cause it always have the wrong info but Brian Blessed ment to be casted a Odin cause i remember reading it on heres the link
  • M-Cat
    He's a great addition to the cast. Anyone worried about portman?
  • Django
    Yeah, amidst this cast I'm kind of hoping Portman's role as the nurse is diminished. I also am having trouble picturing Hemsworth as Donald Blake if they go that route. Frankly - Branagh's great but has certainly had some bigger budget misses along the way. What works on stage is not necessarily what will work in film, as any actor can tell you. But Brian Blessed, Tom Hiddleston & now Stellan Skarsgard have me VERY excited about this. How can you not have a guy in it who's name rhymes with ASGARD ~ ? hahaha
  • Xerxex
    Django Why would you want Portman's role to diminish? I have a feeling she is going to steal the show.
  • Sabes
    :( If only Alexander was in it...then I could stare at him for the 2 hours. >.> <.< Sounds like a good cast though. I'm excited.
  • nelson
    #11 last time i checked Donald Blake wont be in this film
  • Luke
    @ 9 Tazz- Great thanks for that well least we know imdb is right on this one lol
  • Dee
    Alexander should have been in the movie! oh well, I guess you have to be young, talented, good-looking, really tall, scandinavian to be Thor, oh wait a minute...
  • yojoe
    they should have donald blake in it i already hate this ultimate comics aura on the upcoming movies, anthony hopkins should be odin(watch instinct he looks like him already) and why the hell did the give the nick fury role to sam jackson? nick fury was a white dude for maybe 50-60 years so what the hell?
  • i think it would be cool if they made this one with a similor story to highlander, without all the decapitation though. but a love story accross time, till the avengers movie
  • comicsR4kids
    this movie is going to lose $$$ bigtime! betcha an indian head nickel it loses its ass, profit wise. just no appeal here for adults. I'll wait for it to appear on Instant Play @ Netflix.
  • mega
    @ 17 stop crying like a baby the black Nick Fury is based on Sam Jackson anyway if you want to see white Nick Fury go and watch David Hasselhoff version Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to make you happy. i hate people complaining about Nick Fury is white yes he was white but Marvel went with Ultimate Nick Fury who is black its based on Marvel source material they did not just made him black his already in Marvel comic book universe.
  • He’s playing an anthropomorphised CGI Mjollnir. Think Lumiere from Beauty and The Beast, but angrier.




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