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Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor
Hang on! What?

29 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: Variety

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Verily, news has been brought forth that shall compel thou to pinch thyself - Kenneth Branagh has been lined up to direct Thor for Marvel Studios.

That's right, according to Variety, the darling of luvvies and one-man Shakespeare machine is about to sign on the dotted line and breathe new life into the Asgardian Thunder god of comic book lore.

Now we never saw that coming but now that we've had time to digest the news, we have to say that it does actually make some kind of make sense.

With a propensity to speak in iambic pentameter and displaying a flair for the overly dramatic, the hammer-wielding one seems to be a perfect fit for Branagh. Although we're pretty sure that the iambic pentameter will be ditched for the movie version.

Having taken the place of previously attached director Matthew Vaughn, Branagh will still be working from Mark Protosevich's script which - last time we checked - takes place almost entirely on Asgard and introduces the God of Thunder as an arrogant young sod who needs to grow into his powers and learn how to be a man. It'll be interesting to see if Branagh will change any of this.

The movie is scheduled for a June 4, 2010 release.

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Bloody hell.
That's a bit interesting. I'm verily chin-stroking now.... On a side note; lets hope it's not the disgusting mess that his 'version' of Frankenstein was. Good god. I love the book and the Jimmy Whale classic but I don't know what the hell THAT was. Still interesting choice though... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:14 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor
http://www.cartoonspot.net/looney-tunes/picture/tweety- 1.jpg "I thought I thaw a Thor thread! I did, I did thee a Thor thread!" More

Posted by Mason Verger at 20:02 on 30 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor
Excellent choice, I'm utterly thrilled. More

Posted by Kazuya at 10:15 on 30 September 2008 | Report This Post

Staggered
Forsooth, if he gets this wrong verily I shall kick his Midgard Serpent til it doth writhe in agony (sorry Pat M but I just could nay resist!!!! Just kidding, who knows how this will turn out! It seems an unlikely matchup but I thought that about Iron Man and Favreau - how wide of the mark I was - egg was def in the vicinity of the old head frontage! More

Posted by Uncle Ludo at 21:45 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Given the choices of Ratner et al
I think Branagh is an excellent choice. His style is operatic, his films always look great, and he knows his way around a story. Love the choice. Well done Marvel. More

Posted by khac6876 at 20:39 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

As Thor as eggs are eggs...
...something something something. More

Posted by The_Hat at 19:31 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

If Branagh directs this i'll kick him right up the arse.
...and give him a Thor backside. Nope, sorry - still no real strong opinions. meh. More

Posted by The_Hat at 19:30 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Is it a good idea for Branagh to direct?
It Thor is! Actually i've no strong feelings either way. I just wanted to make a Thor joke. More

Posted by The_Hat at 19:27 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could be interesting
Perhaps Branagh could take Triple H off to the RSC for a crash course in Shakespearean acting...  More

Posted by KeithM at 18:45 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could be interesting
I too thought they'd try for the "is it all in his head" Ultimates stylee, but I don't know if that would work in a full Thor film...for the Avengers film maybe but not for Thor. That said...this is either genius or folly and I'm not sure which More

Posted by whitemouse at 16:47 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah coz he's famous for doing those comic book movies. (sarc)
He did do a good Frankenstein , but that was way back and he hasn't touched anything with special effects since (unless you count Jude Law). Lets wait and see if it actually happens but odds are that he'll find some shakespearian guff in Thor and do an Ang Lee and make it not at all about the superhero but about something else with added mutated poodles. More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:19 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ughh
Oh dear, I truly hate Brannagh. Streuth, just look at him. Sheeeesh More

Posted by Workshed at 14:26 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

STOP, Hammer time!
Oh Man, this probably means no Sequel to Dead again?? More

Posted by dogtanian at 13:58 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

cool, get to watch this on my 28th birthday :) cant wait!! More

Posted by invictus2006 at 13:56 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Love's Hammer's Lost?
So... it takes Ken Branagh for there to be comic-book movie news without every single person saying how crap its gonna eb and whingeing and moaning about everything and anything they can think of eh? Empire... in future, include Branagh in all comic-book movie news and maybe some actual sensible comments will be more commonplace. that said... a/ interesting choice... well... their unusual choices have worked so far... I mean... who'da thunk Macguire for Spidey or DowneyJr as Iron Man? and/bu More

Posted by Adrian at 13:51 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Well now thats interesting...
completely outta the left field but a great choice non the less. would never have thought of it myself, but it now means that the worst itll be will be an interesting failure, could be amazing, but deffinatly wont be a vacuois piece of crap. Htas of to marvel for rolling the dice and taking a gamble yet again....rather than getting in that prick leterrier again. More

Posted by on a friday at 13:47 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Well now thats interesting...
I think Kenneth Branagh is a very good choice. I really hope that they have Thor in his classic suit and not the ultimate version as Ironman's comic suit was done good in the movie. More

Posted by darkestknight at 13:36 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Well now thats interesting...
I didnt expect that...but Branagh has done well in the past...Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Hamlet spring to mind...Much Ado About Nothing wasnt too bad either...hopefully he should do well... More

Posted by Noelg25 at 13:24 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
great choice, and with branagh at the helm it raises all sorts of questions as to who he'll cast as the title character. i cant see him settling on some wrestler, thats for sure. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 12:51 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Interesting choice. It's good to hear that they intend setting it almost entirely in Asgard.  A modern day setting would be the easier, less ambitious way to go, so I'm glad they're not going down that route immediately.  The Avengers is where Thor interacts with Midgard - his own movie(s) should primarily be concerned with and set in Asgard imo. More

Posted by KeithM at 12:35 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Could be interesting
Brannagh on board might lift the film into epic territory - here's hoping we don't get another Ang Lee on our hands though. More

Posted by mjscarface at 12:27 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

I thought they'd do the 'is it all in his head?' approach from the Ultimate series but this is sounding more and more interesting. Thor has got to be one of the hardest comic book characters to translate to screen. Can't wait to see what they do with this More

Posted by muchobenny at 12:00 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Please...
... Keep Kevin McKidd in the casting, he's been rumored for ages and I think he would be great(not a massive star, has strong charisma, etc)!! Now that Brannagh is on board, it could be a brilliant movie, definitely one of the most unexpected news of the week! More

Posted by MarieMJS at 10:58 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

TRULY THOU DOTH JEST!!!
Perhaps Marvel are aiming for some kind of Shakesphere vibe with this one - or maybe spin the whole thing off into a Lord of the Rings type epic. Potentially -if done right - this film could be huge. Still have to find the right actor to play Thor though..... no teen friendly, beach boy american hunks or wrestlers please!!! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:58 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

TRULY THOU DOTH JEST!!!
Perhaps Marvel are aiming for some kind of Shakesphere vibe with this one - or maybe spin the whole thing off into a Lord of the Rings type epic. Potentially -if done right - this film could be huge. Still have to find the right actor to play Thor though..... no teen friendly, beach boy american hunks or wrestlers please!!! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:58 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

TRULY THOU DOTH JEST!!!
Perhaps Marvel are aiming for some kind of Shakesphere vibe with this one - or maybe spin the whole thing off into a Lord of the Rings type epic. Potentially -if done right - this film could be huge. Still have to find the right actor to play Thor though..... no teen friendly, beach boy american hunks or wrestlers please!!! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:57 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

?????
When i heard Jon faverau was going to be director of iron man i giggled because he is known for comedies and not big films but he pulled it off and i think marvel are choosing dire ctors of high calibre to give these films the emotional power they need saying that Branagh is a weird choice because he's mainly done shakespeare but it's a wait and see the trailer for this one from me More

Posted by dave_0989 at 10:45 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

what an odd/brilliant choice. If it is anything like as good as his Hamlet, I'll be impressed. More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 10:26 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor
Very interesting! More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 09:56 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Thor is one of my all time favourites, and I look forward to this even more with Branagh attached. I think people judge directors with too much prejudice based one previous work. Who would've anticipated Schindlers list, Minority Report or Saving Ryans Privates after Speilberg did ET? I think this is a refreshing choice of director who will do a great job. I too am a little dubious about a Marvel Superhero movie set entirely away from 'modern' time and place however. More

Posted by jameslowe at 09:46 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Could be a good choice...
Thought this was a wind-up when I first saw it but to be honest, it shows how epic and serious Marvel want to take this. Very interesting. More

Posted by badassmofo at 09:27 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

Could be a good choice...
Thematically speaking Kenneth Branagh is an ideal choice for Thor but could he pull off action as well as costumed drama? And the idea to set it entirely in Asgard is a bit silly, don't you think? More

Posted by mighty mick at 07:45 on 29 September 2008 | Report This Post

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