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Branagh Confirms Thor

12.23.2008

Although it was a pretty much done deal that Kenneth Branagh was to direct THOR, the actor finally confirmed the news himself, and had the following to say about the project:

We're getting the story and visual effects together and all of that is very exciting.color="#800000">

Many eyebrows were raised when Branagh was announced as the film's director, however if you think about it, the choice falls in line with other superhero films of late, and their orientation towards more intelligent, thought-provoking fare. If that is indeed the direction Marvel wants to take with THOR, than Branagh is most definitely an inspired, and fitting choice.

Now on to who will play the titular character--a question that has become one of the most hottly contested on the web. Personally I think they will cast a relative unknown, but I also predicted Colin Hanks would play the next Batman before Bale was cast, so what do I know.

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6:23AM on 12/24/2008

Thor

That's probably the germanic european in me ....
That's probably the germanic european in me ....
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5:44AM on 12/24/2008
Branagh is indeed an inspired choice. He should be able to handle the way the dude talks effortlessly.

For the life of me I can't see how Capt America would work on the big screen, as much as he's an integral part of the Avengers. Though, I bet that has to do with me not being an American.
Branagh is indeed an inspired choice. He should be able to handle the way the dude talks effortlessly.

For the life of me I can't see how Capt America would work on the big screen, as much as he's an integral part of the Avengers. Though, I bet that has to do with me not being an American.
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3:54AM on 12/24/2008

CAP

Though I am really excited for Thor, I'm a bigger fan of Captain America.
Though I am really excited for Thor, I'm a bigger fan of Captain America.
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9:21PM on 12/23/2008
Aaron Eckhart as Capt. :)

But Ill definitely see Thor.
Aaron Eckhart as Capt. :)

But Ill definitely see Thor.
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8:58PM on 12/23/2008

thor!

i'm definitely getting more excited about this movie as details begin to emerge.
i'm definitely getting more excited about this movie as details begin to emerge.
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5:05PM on 12/23/2008

Who am I more excited for???

I guess the general answer to that question is... i really don't know. Personally, I do agree with getting a relatively unknown as both Thor and Captain America. I would honestly like Kevin McKidd as Thor. I think the man has the voice nd would do a great job. For Captain America on the other hand... Captain America has always been one of my favorite Superheroes and I have to admit I will put on Matt Salingers Captain America once and a while because I love that movie..lol.I really dont believe
I guess the general answer to that question is... i really don't know. Personally, I do agree with getting a relatively unknown as both Thor and Captain America. I would honestly like Kevin McKidd as Thor. I think the man has the voice nd would do a great job. For Captain America on the other hand... Captain America has always been one of my favorite Superheroes and I have to admit I will put on Matt Salingers Captain America once and a while because I love that movie..lol.I really dont believe getting someone like Brad Pitt or DiCaprio would work... all I would be seeing on screen is the Actor and not the character they invision. I still really loe the idea of Aaron Eckhart regardless of the fact that he played Two-Face the man TO ME... was born to be Steve Rogers...and I can see him in command of the Avengers... Matthew McConaughy on the other hand ... I CAN NOT see him leading... he is a secondary character and plays in too many roles where he is the lovable guy... except Reight of Fire which i gotta say he was pretty bad-ass in... anyway.. that's my two cents.
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3:15PM on 12/23/2008

oldie

I am more excited about Cap. but I would like to see the big boy from 13th warrior (the one who died) I think he would be great for the part.
I am more excited about Cap. but I would like to see the big boy from 13th warrior (the one who died) I think he would be great for the part.
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3:14PM on 12/23/2008

oldie

I am more excited about Cap. but I would like to see the big boy from 13th warrior (the one who died) I think he would be great for the part.
I am more excited about Cap. but I would like to see the big boy from 13th warrior (the one who died) I think he would be great for the part.
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2:40PM on 12/23/2008

Sean Bean is 100% the best choice.

Sean Bean is the best actor out there that could play Thor. He's been the guy I've wanted the entire time to play Thor, I really wish I was motivated enough to make a "SEAN BEAN FOR THOR" website but I'm not. Still, JoBlo, with all of your power, please start some rumor about Bean being Thor, that way everyone would say, "Ya know what, that makes a lot of sense" and maybe we can actually get it done.
Sean Bean is the best actor out there that could play Thor. He's been the guy I've wanted the entire time to play Thor, I really wish I was motivated enough to make a "SEAN BEAN FOR THOR" website but I'm not. Still, JoBlo, with all of your power, please start some rumor about Bean being Thor, that way everyone would say, "Ya know what, that makes a lot of sense" and maybe we can actually get it done.
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2:06PM on 12/23/2008

Actors

I would say that Alexander Skarsgård would be a perfekt Thor. Perhaps Im not totaly impartial succesting him, since Im from Sweden. :) You can see him in True Blood and Generation Kill.
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Josh Holloway from Lost actually do has the looks.
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But if they arent going to CGI Thors beefy looks, then I guess a guy like Triple H would be more suiting. The acting will suck though! And probably the movie to.

As for your Captain America, I belive the best way to introduce and sell
I would say that Alexander Skarsgård would be a perfekt Thor. Perhaps Im not totaly impartial succesting him, since Im from Sweden. :) You can see him in True Blood and Generation Kill.
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Josh Holloway from Lost actually do has the looks.
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But if they arent going to CGI Thors beefy looks, then I guess a guy like Triple H would be more suiting. The acting will suck though! And probably the movie to.

As for your Captain America, I belive the best way to introduce and sell that hero to the world would be to have the setting in WW2.
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2:01PM on 12/23/2008
Seriously? We are getting into a political discussion about comic book characters? Tailgunner's response was dead on, couldn't have said it better. In regards to which movie excites me more, I'm going to have to take a wait and see attitude. Honestly, I dig the fact comic books are making the jump to the big screen so I'm down for seeing them both. Here's to hoping neither of them resemble past incarnations of Thor and Cap.
Seriously? We are getting into a political discussion about comic book characters? Tailgunner's response was dead on, couldn't have said it better. In regards to which movie excites me more, I'm going to have to take a wait and see attitude. Honestly, I dig the fact comic books are making the jump to the big screen so I'm down for seeing them both. Here's to hoping neither of them resemble past incarnations of Thor and Cap.
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1:06PM on 12/23/2008

cool

I don't know anything at all about Thor but I heard someone suggest one of my favorite all time actors so I'm posting to support it.

SEAN BEAN ALL THE FUCKING WAY
I don't know anything at all about Thor but I heard someone suggest one of my favorite all time actors so I'm posting to support it.

SEAN BEAN ALL THE FUCKING WAY
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12:42PM on 12/23/2008
Hmm, I actually quite like Burso520's suggestion of Sean Bean for Thor. But I'm still kind of leaning toward Karl Urban for the part.
Hmm, I actually quite like Burso520's suggestion of Sean Bean for Thor. But I'm still kind of leaning toward Karl Urban for the part.
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12:32PM on 12/23/2008

My Dream?

Kenneth Branagh presents a Kenneth Branagh film. Kenneth Branagh is: THOR
Kenneth Branagh presents a Kenneth Branagh film. Kenneth Branagh is: THOR
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9:55AM on 12/23/2008

Thor Casting

FANTASTIC, finally we can get the ball moving. I think that Sean Bean will be a great choice for the titular character. He is a relativly known name and he had the ability to carry a movie which is essential when you are doing a comic book adaptation. Sean Bean all the way. (for those of you who don't know who he is he was Boromir in Lord of the Rings)
FANTASTIC, finally we can get the ball moving. I think that Sean Bean will be a great choice for the titular character. He is a relativly known name and he had the ability to carry a movie which is essential when you are doing a comic book adaptation. Sean Bean all the way. (for those of you who don't know who he is he was Boromir in Lord of the Rings)
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9:36AM on 12/23/2008

Captain America

I'm more excited about Cap but Thor can also be a cool movie if done right.

I'm more excited about Cap but Thor can also be a cool movie if done right.

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9:04AM on 12/23/2008
i cant wait to see this thor flick with branagh behind it. i keep hearing how great the screenplay is but cant find it anywhere. and the only cap i want is ww2 cap vs nazis and the rrrred skullll!!!!
i cant wait to see this thor flick with branagh behind it. i keep hearing how great the screenplay is but cant find it anywhere. and the only cap i want is ww2 cap vs nazis and the rrrred skullll!!!!
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8:34AM on 12/23/2008
Tailgunner is right.

In fact, anyone who thinks Captain America is anything close to right wing, knows absolutely nothing about comics.
Tailgunner is right.

In fact, anyone who thinks Captain America is anything close to right wing, knows absolutely nothing about comics.
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7:46AM on 12/23/2008
Tailgunner -I'm behind you 100%.

I don't believe the article meant the "intelligent" as in Ang Lee's Hulk. I think he was going for how well Iron Man, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk were as opposed to say... Daredevil, Elektra or that God aweful Ghost Rider movie were.
Tailgunner -I'm behind you 100%.

I don't believe the article meant the "intelligent" as in Ang Lee's Hulk. I think he was going for how well Iron Man, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk were as opposed to say... Daredevil, Elektra or that God aweful Ghost Rider movie were.
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7:40AM on 12/23/2008
Ohhh Tailgunner, that gives me an idea.

James Garner for Captain America!

On second thought, that only works if he took the "super OLDER serum"
Ohhh Tailgunner, that gives me an idea.

James Garner for Captain America!

On second thought, that only works if he took the "super OLDER serum"
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7:40AM on 12/23/2008
I'm more excited for cap, although I'm definitely looking forward to both of them. I agree, Branagh, was a suprising choice but a very inspired one. I still have my doubts about Joe Johnston but I've been trying to watch all of his previous films, and I've realized that most of them are actually pretty competantly done. I thought Favreau was a good choice from the start, but I had serious doubts about Leterrier doing Hulk and that turned out great. Marvel hasn't let me down yet, so I'm going to
I'm more excited for cap, although I'm definitely looking forward to both of them. I agree, Branagh, was a suprising choice but a very inspired one. I still have my doubts about Joe Johnston but I've been trying to watch all of his previous films, and I've realized that most of them are actually pretty competantly done. I thought Favreau was a good choice from the start, but I had serious doubts about Leterrier doing Hulk and that turned out great. Marvel hasn't let me down yet, so I'm going to trust them on this one as well.

As for actors, Cap's tricky because his age is actually tied to his back story (he has to be of realistic enlisting age), but not too young or else he won't make a convincing leader for the Avengers. Personally, Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) is my number one choice, I think he's the right age, looks the part, and is at the perfect level of fame where he's had some high profile roles, yet wouldn't command a huge paycheck.
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7:22AM on 12/23/2008

Batman and Captain America

Are my two favorite superheroes and I really wish they would have gotten a different director for Cap. While Thor's director seems promising I do not feel nearly the same way with Caps. Of course I would not have thought Iron Man would be so kick ass. James Franco for Hawkeye and Patrick Wilson for Cap! Also see Tom Jane, Aaron Eckhart, and my brother in law lol.
Are my two favorite superheroes and I really wish they would have gotten a different director for Cap. While Thor's director seems promising I do not feel nearly the same way with Caps. Of course I would not have thought Iron Man would be so kick ass. James Franco for Hawkeye and Patrick Wilson for Cap! Also see Tom Jane, Aaron Eckhart, and my brother in law lol.
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6:38AM on 12/23/2008

Spare me your America-hating garbage...

No matter how you feel about any given administration, there is always reason to cheer for the United States. No matter how badly we behave, no matter how bad things get in this country, we are still by far and away the greatest country to live in in the world -- and this is from someone who has traveled around the world and seen how many people are doing whatever they need to do to get here.

Furthermore, Captain America is neither right-wing nor left wing. He's the moral compass. he's
No matter how you feel about any given administration, there is always reason to cheer for the United States. No matter how badly we behave, no matter how bad things get in this country, we are still by far and away the greatest country to live in in the world -- and this is from someone who has traveled around the world and seen how many people are doing whatever they need to do to get here.

Furthermore, Captain America is neither right-wing nor left wing. He's the moral compass. he's the embodiment of the ideals that stand at the heart of the country -- ideals that have been abandoned by lying, pandering, power-hungry and corrupt politicians on the left and on the right. So don't drag your whiny, asinine political axe-grinding into my comic book hero myths, please.

I'm with James Garner. You America-haters bore me to tears.
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6:07AM on 12/23/2008
I'm much more excited about THOR.

CAPTAIN AMERICA is, along with G.I. JOE, a [link] concept, even if there is any merit in cheering for the United States of America any more.
I'm much more excited about THOR.

CAPTAIN AMERICA is, along with G.I. JOE, a [link] concept, even if there is any merit in cheering for the United States of America any more.
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6:04AM on 12/23/2008
And how about Eric Dane (Sloan from Grey's Anatomy) for Captain America?
And how about Eric Dane (Sloan from Grey's Anatomy) for Captain America?
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5:31AM on 12/23/2008

Thor

HHH (Jean-Paul Levesque) to play Thor...nobody could even come close to being better to play Thor.
HHH (Jean-Paul Levesque) to play Thor...nobody could even come close to being better to play Thor.
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5:08AM on 12/23/2008
mads mikkelsen for thor
mads mikkelsen for thor
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4:51AM on 12/23/2008
anyone remember ang lee's hulk?

being intelligent is fine , but please make it an exciting and fun movie too!

this is THOR , not BORE
anyone remember ang lee's hulk?

being intelligent is fine , but please make it an exciting and fun movie too!

this is THOR , not BORE
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1:53AM on 12/23/2008

A good actor

Maybe Michael Shannon could play Thor. Hes a bit of a stretch, but he's just ITCHING to be leading man material, and he's got the acting chops to make it work.
Maybe Michael Shannon could play Thor. Hes a bit of a stretch, but he's just ITCHING to be leading man material, and he's got the acting chops to make it work.
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1:44AM on 12/23/2008

JESUS

Colin Hanks?!?! What were you smoking? I am curious to hear what exactly your reasoning was behind that conjecture.
Colin Hanks?!?! What were you smoking? I am curious to hear what exactly your reasoning was behind that conjecture.
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1:37AM on 12/23/2008

hmm

i would have to say i am equally ecstatic about thor and cap
i would have to say i am equally ecstatic about thor and cap
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1:37AM on 12/23/2008
even though I am more excited about Cap, I will say that Triple H is already basically Thor, so let's just go with him.
even though I am more excited about Cap, I will say that Triple H is already basically Thor, so let's just go with him.
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