Tom Hiddleston on Loki and Writer Ashley Miller on Thor
With every passing day, we're getting closer and closer to finally seeing Marvel's live-action Thor movie start production. A few weeks ago, it was announced that British actor Tom Hiddleston had been cast as the villain Loki. An odd choice, but maybe director Kenneth Branagh saw something in him (like Heath Ledger). The UK's Daily Mail newspaper caught up with Hiddleston and got some confirmation from him as well as a few little quotes about what we can expect and some early ideas. In addition to that update, CineFOOLS interviewed Thor screenwriter Ashley Miller, who had the most interesting things to say.
Hiddleston talked a bit about what we can expect out of this version of Loki. "Loki's like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier," he told the Daily Mail. "Loki's skilled in black magic and sorcery. He's a shape-shifter and has all sorts of super powers from the dark arts. He can turn clouds into dragons, things like that." That definitely sounds cool, as long as we're going to be seeing all that in the movie. As for his physicality, Hiddleston is already starting to get in shape this early. "[Kenneth] wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can't be posing as Thor."
One of the most interesting updates, though, comes from screenwriter Ashley Miller, who is currently working alongside of Mark Protosevich and Zak Stentz to write the script. When asked which Thor storylines were most inspirational, Miller replied that the Walt Simonson take greatly informed them, but in general they're trying not to pull from any specific storyline. "We saw part of our job as taking all the many approaches to the character over the years (including the myths) and distilling them down into a form that worked for a two-hour movie. There's a tremendous amount of ground to cover, so inspiration has to come from everywhere."
But here's where Miller says the best things - in response to what he would really like to see in Thor.
"Not in the sense that you'd want to see a generic 'dark' take on Thor, but in the sense that you want to feel Thor's rage when he rages. You want to see him fight like hell, and take as much he dishes out -- maybe more. You want to have a visceral reaction to the guy, and what happens to him. You don't want his adventures to be clean and antiseptic. You want to see the dirt, and grime and blood. You want to feel every bone crunching moment of every fight. And when he unleashes the storm, you want to feel like you're seeing the power of a GOD at work."
"The best example I can give you is the end of Ultimates 2. When Thor shows up and kicks ass, he shows up and kicks ass. He isn't screwing around. There's a certain brutal, cock-eyed realism to Thor in that moment (and through that book in general) that I really resonate to and want to expand on."
If you're a hardcore fan of Thor and/or are anxiously awaiting the movie, I strongly suggest reading both interviews at Daily Mail and CineFOOLS. I'm surprised to see so many big updates this early, but these quotes have made me feel a bit relieved, especially in regards to having Tom Hiddleston play Loki. And all those quotes from Miller have made me quite excited. Now I can't wait to see this! I just hope all that he's talking about actually makes it into the movie. I admittedly had some doubts, but with that reference to Ultimates 2 (which I remember going crazy over when I read), I know that this is definitely in good hands.