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Director reveals 'he won't wear a dress'

17 September 2007  |  Written by James Dyer  

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“Marvel were so surprised to see this other side of me with Stardust,” recalls Matthew Vaughn of his initial meeting to discuss his vision for the God of Thunder. “They actually said to me, ‘You are going to make Thor more macho? Right?’ Well, don’t worry – Thor’s not going to be wearing a dress".

Eschewing the floral frock and pumps combo is, all things considered, a step in the right direction when conceptualising one of comics’ hardest heroes. It’s a leap back on the horse for Vaughn, too, who missed out on his previous chance to assure his place in the comics hall of fame when he walked away from X-Men III.

“When I went into Marvel for my first X-Men meeting, I saw a figure on the desk and said ‘are you guys are going to make Thor?’ They said, ‘We’re just going to commission a script. We want to do it like Gladiator with Norse mythology and the birth of a superhero’. That really stuck in my mind. And when Marvel saw Stardust, they asked me to do it. So here I am, back again and prepping Thor.”

The son of Odin (king of the gods, fond of ravens) and brother to Loki (tricksy, given to practical jokes), The Mighty Thor wields the power of thunder and lightning. Such potency doesn’t lend itself to modesty though, and so it is that Thor is sent to Earth in order to learn some humility. In comic lore, part of this lesson includes a mortal identity (that of disabled medical student Donald Blake) and all recollection of godhood banished from his mind. Word is that Vaughn’s origin tale will touch on none of this, staying firmly in Asgard for the duration, but maybe that’s a good thing. Of all the comic adaptations that have been mooted (and it’s a very long list indeed), few are more potentially fraught than Thor. After all, Hollywood was built on web-slinging vigilantes and men who dress up as bats to pummel villains in makeup, but when your hero is an aeons-old Norse god with a hammer, who speaks in the vernacular of Shakespeare, things could easily veer towards the daft. For his part though, Vaughn does not appear concerned with the potential pitfalls.

“My only concern initially was that it’s another fantasy film [after Stardust], but it’s different in the sense that it’s a superhero film set in the world of fantasy. You’ve got Thor and Odin and it’s set in Asgard - it’s not going to be like Lord of the Rings or even Narnia. I think it’s important to keep it comic book. We’re not doing the Thor of Norse mythology. We’re doing the Marvel Thor.”

For more from Empire’s interview with Matthew Vaughn, be sure to pick up the November issue of Empire, on sale from September 28.

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Kev was aproached but studio changed their mind
Kevin Mckidd was originly aproached to play Thor but the studio changed their mind and said he was to old but still might be in the film in another role More

Posted by alimac at 21:40 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

No mistakes allowed with Thor
Thanks for your help darthbane, If this film starts off with Thor in his younger days in Asgard, I reckon an unknown young blond handsome actor must be found. I cannot see anyone at present suitable of playing the Thunder God in his mature years. Who ever thought they'd stick a skirt on him. I think we all want Thor as we know him from comic #83. Thanks. More

Posted by michaelw at 19:48 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

Kevin McKidd?
I was just on his IMDb page, and they have him down as the main rumour for Thor. Where the hell did that come from? More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 14:03 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

Nah he's not that great Doom and pathfinder were bad but he was good in Bourne 2 and L.O.T.R 2 and3 More

Posted by alimac at 15:20 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post

Just been on the Karl Urban page. What an excellent choice he would be. Seen his pic as Eomer in Lord of the Rings, I had completely forgot about him. I agree with you Kenesu,let's hope he becomes Thor. More

Posted by michaelw at 14:57 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post

Maybe Karl Urban? More

Posted by Kenesu at 00:52 on 24 September 2007 | Report This Post

No mistakes allowed with Thor
Thanks for your help darthbane, If this film starts off with Thor in his younger days in Asgard, I reckon an unknown young blond handsome actor must be found. I cannot see anyone at present suitable of playing the Thunder God in his mature years. Who ever thought they'd stick a skirt on him. I think we all want Thor as we know him from comic #83. Thanks. More

Posted by michaelw at 20:42 on 23 September 2007 | Report This Post

Ha ha ha ha ha VJ as thor no chance he was garbage as the Juggernought More

Posted by alimac at 18:14 on 23 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: michaelw
Any bets on Vinnie Jones being cast as Thor More

Posted by sanchia at 14:25 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: michaelw
L: michaelw Sorry please help, who is HHH? sp; I think they mean Triple H, the wrestler. Which would be a terrible choice IMO More

Posted by darthbane at 08:11 on 22 September 2007 | Report This Post

michaelw
Sorry please help, who is HHH? More

Posted by michaelw at 19:51 on 21 September 2007 | Report This Post

Sawyer for Thor
I agree Josh Hollaway is the man More

Posted by alimac at 18:20 on 21 September 2007 | Report This Post

HHH
HHH is so the wrong choice for this, How about sawyer from lost but without the southern twang.   Stardust looks cool except for Ricky Gervais so hopefully this will be too. More

Posted by kinge247 at 23:49 on 20 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
I have complete faith with Vaughan, especially when he had the courage to walk from X Men 3 on principle. The suggestion that HHH would make a decent choice in the lead is, well, ludicrous. He was the worst thing about Blade Trinity, which proves he is beyond awful. Vaughan won't make this film is HHH is the lead. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 15:19 on 19 September 2007 | Report This Post

I hope they cast the right guy and try not to get someone who looks exactly like Thor and go for acting abilities rather than Brute build More

Posted by alimac at 20:53 on 18 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Whiny losers
Hey, thanks for the casual racism, mate. Maybe if you were a bit more culturally aware you'd know that having an 'Irish Jig' is slang for 'masturbating' in many places. Now, i'm not suggesting you were having an 'Irish Jig' when you wrote your comment, but your mind was clearly elsewhere. You'll find my comment was quite obviously positive about the project. More

Posted by The_Hat at 19:33 on 18 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Whiny losers
Man you Irish sure hate the Brits don't you? Have you even read the full comment or just assumed it was negative? BTW I'm dutch so don't hate me... More

Posted by distortEd at 15:44 on 18 September 2007 | Report This Post

Whiny losers
Man you Brits only find things to complain about, don't yeh? He's not going to mix it with modern times which is a smart move. It's not going to be some crappy fantasy knock-off, of which we have too many. Marvel Thor in Asgard. Not a bad idea. As for the Tolkien comment, wow. Sod that guy. How many teeth do you have? More

Posted by Irish Jig at 05:14 on 18 September 2007 | Report This Post

It's a film based on Norse mythology, people! Tolkien made a career stealing from it! And if they went with Jack Kirby's original designs for Asgard it could be very cool looking too. More

Posted by The_Hat at 19:37 on 17 September 2007 | Report This Post

Depends who they cast K Mckidd was in the running but they then changed their mind and said he was to old then i have heard that HHH is a favourite choice for Thor and that is just a shit choice More

Posted by alimac at 14:07 on 17 September 2007 | Report This Post

there are some comic book films that just should not be made. Justice League & the Venom spin-off are two of them. But Thor could be good, but at the same time it could be REALLY shite. More

Posted by Hughezy at 12:08 on 17 September 2007 | Report This Post

Witness the creation of the universe and Thor battling Loki. This will be the most epic Marvel film to date. Can't wait. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 11:47 on 17 September 2007 | Report This Post

Thor set in Asgard
not sure, I mean... whats he gonna do in the film? Sit about talking Shakespeare??? Hmmm... not sure More

Posted by peopleunderthestairs at 11:02 on 17 September 2007 | Report This Post


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