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18 May 2009 @ 10:39 am
The Hoard Potato gets Thor  
It's confirmed: Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor. He's sufficiently entrenched that Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets have taken to calling it "Kevin Branagh's Thor", which suits me just fine.

Casting is underway. The actor who played George Kirk in the opening of Star Trek is slated to wield Mjolnir.

However, this is not the most important casting decision Branagh has to make.

Branagh, you see, has worked with BRIAN BLESSED several times.

Could anyone else really do justice to The Lion of Asgard?

Tube: plottingtoob on May 18th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
But Blessed's really too old now. :\
ebony14 on May 18th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
From what I've seen, it doesn't seem to be slowing him down any.
McGuffinhitchkitty on May 18th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well, there's always Lionel Twain's solution: A combination of diet, exercise, and lots and LOTS of makeup.
Rikoshi Kisaragirikoshi on May 18th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
You know, I have to say, the actor who played George Kirk was a handsome, handsome man.

(I also have a lady friend who, in a display of indelicateness, mentioned that she would let him* "fuck her blind," as it were.)

*Specifically the character, not the actor, I should add.
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on May 18th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I . . . believe that you are correct about Volstagg and Brian Blessed. I . . . there really can be no other.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on May 18th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
All this assumes that they bother casting that character. I'm not so certain they will. This will be an Origin Story, so part of it will be about the shmuck who picks up Mjolnir, so a good part of the movie will be about establishing him. Then they'll have Thor dealing with whatever threat they have as a Bigbad.

I seriously think that they probably won't do any sidestories with characters in Asgard.
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on May 18th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Pffft. Who cares about Goldilocks? We want VOLSTAGG, by Odin!

More seriously, they'll almost certainly have some opening bit or flashback that explains just WHY the God of Thunder is walking Midgard as a frail, physically-impaired doctor. Given both the pattern of recent Marvel movies in the Avengers line, and Branagh's own track record, expect those scenes to be full of Easter Eggs and cameos.
McGuffinhitchkitty on May 18th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
"Alright, who ordered the large ha...oh, Volstagg. Of course."
Paka: bordercolliepaka on May 18th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Well, if they didn't pull Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies is still out there. Waiting to wander around in a huge beard and bellow.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on May 19th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Earlier today, Athelind asked who else could do the job. Before running out for lunch, I said "Whatsisbird from Sliders". :)
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on May 19th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
And I know he's still acting. I just saw him do Krod Mandoon.
Stalbonstalbon on May 19th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
The thing is, Rhys-Davies is notoriously difficult to get for a job, much less to direct. Supposedly he has allergies to certain costume materials, such as the clothing he wore when playing Gimli. That being said, I can certainly see him being an outstanding Volstagg.
TheBitterGuythebitterguy on May 28th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I dunno. He did make at least one movie with Uwe Boll. I'm pretty sure that puts you into "Did the check clear?" territory.

I think his problem with his Gimli costume was with facial prosthetics, which is a common ailment.
TheBitterGuythebitterguy on May 28th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
You know, I think Blessed has pretty much aged perfectly to fill another role.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on May 28th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
...you may win this one.
TheBitterGuy: Bond.  Justin Bondthebitterguy on June 3rd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
It appears I have.