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Hartnett in Thor?

03.11.2009
Today's casting rumor has Josh Hartnett meeting THOR director Kenneth Branagh about playing Thor's villainous brother Loki. It has already been established that the character will be Thor's main adversary in the film. In the comics he is repeatedly trying to get rid of Thor and seize the throne of Asgard for himself.

I actually don't hate this. And so that kinda stifles my writing. Hartnett might be cool as a comic book villain. What do you guys think?

Extra Tidbit: THOR drops on July 16, 2010.
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2:59AM on 03/15/2009
I like it. People didnt like Ledger casted as Joker. So let's hope Hartnett surprises us.
I like it. People didnt like Ledger casted as Joker. So let's hope Hartnett surprises us.
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7:59AM on 03/13/2009

@logicturtle and BlakeRom

Agree that Jims Riddler perfomance was a bad one (but the movie sucked as well imo.). My point was rather to view Loki in the same perspective as The Riddler.

Daniel Day-Lewis would be awesome, but the chance to see him play in anything else than a serious film is slim. And you have all probably noticed that he almost always have a historical setting in his movies.

Norse mythology have a historical "connection", thats always something. :)
Agree that Jims Riddler perfomance was a bad one (but the movie sucked as well imo.). My point was rather to view Loki in the same perspective as The Riddler.

Daniel Day-Lewis would be awesome, but the chance to see him play in anything else than a serious film is slim. And you have all probably noticed that he almost always have a historical setting in his movies.

Norse mythology have a historical "connection", thats always something. :)
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12:58AM on 03/13/2009

too short

talentless too. and jim carrey as the riddler was one of the worst atrocities of any comic book adaptation.
if bill nighy were younger he'd be an alright fit, but i can't really think of anyone that would be great in this role.
talentless too. and jim carrey as the riddler was one of the worst atrocities of any comic book adaptation.
if bill nighy were younger he'd be an alright fit, but i can't really think of anyone that would be great in this role.
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8:16PM on 03/12/2009

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Carrey played A riddler but not THE riddler. Though honestly he wouldn't be half bad here... hm. And Bettany all the way.
Carrey played A riddler but not THE riddler. Though honestly he wouldn't be half bad here... hm. And Bettany all the way.
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6:29PM on 03/12/2009
Josh Hartnett is a bad idea for anything. Unless he's one of those dudes who dies in the opening scene of something. That would just be cathartic.
Bettany is perfect, but I want him to be The Riddler, should there be a third Batman up Nolan's sleeve.
But, as I say with almost all casting news, try Daniel Day-Lewis on for size. He'd be amazing as most super-villains.
Josh Hartnett is a bad idea for anything. Unless he's one of those dudes who dies in the opening scene of something. That would just be cathartic.
Bettany is perfect, but I want him to be The Riddler, should there be a third Batman up Nolan's sleeve.
But, as I say with almost all casting news, try Daniel Day-Lewis on for size. He'd be amazing as most super-villains.
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3:53PM on 03/12/2009
Agree with you "PlanusRegius", Bettany would be great.

I guess the same kind of actor that suits to play "the riddler" e.g. Jim Carrey, would be great as Loki as well.
Agree with you "PlanusRegius", Bettany would be great.

I guess the same kind of actor that suits to play "the riddler" e.g. Jim Carrey, would be great as Loki as well.
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2:25PM on 03/12/2009
I agree with Eddict on this one, Hartnett would make a damn good Daredevil, should they remake it (Which they should, considering the first one bit.)
Who they should cast, in my humble opinion, is Paul Bettany, who makes for a more grandiose, melodramatic presence on screen (Watch A Knight's Tale, the man's perfect), and for the Trickster God, that's something needed. Besides that, he's got the right features for it.
I agree with Eddict on this one, Hartnett would make a damn good Daredevil, should they remake it (Which they should, considering the first one bit.)
Who they should cast, in my humble opinion, is Paul Bettany, who makes for a more grandiose, melodramatic presence on screen (Watch A Knight's Tale, the man's perfect), and for the Trickster God, that's something needed. Besides that, he's got the right features for it.
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11:33PM on 03/11/2009
I'm hip to this. I've always enjoyed Hartnett. He's not a horrible actor by any means, and given the chance I think he could really shine. I always hoped they get him to play Gambit. He looks the part a hell of a lot more than whoever it is they got to play Gambit. But I digress.
I'm hip to this. I've always enjoyed Hartnett. He's not a horrible actor by any means, and given the chance I think he could really shine. I always hoped they get him to play Gambit. He looks the part a hell of a lot more than whoever it is they got to play Gambit. But I digress.
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11:30PM on 03/11/2009
I think he'd make a better Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil if they decide to reboot it.
I think he'd make a better Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil if they decide to reboot it.
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10:05PM on 03/11/2009
Isn't Loki a prankster? I'm not up to date with my mythology nor Thor history, but i remember Loki was the prankster and trickster of mythology. I don't see Hartnett smiling and doing crazy ass pranks to Thor like turning him into a chicken.
Isn't Loki a prankster? I'm not up to date with my mythology nor Thor history, but i remember Loki was the prankster and trickster of mythology. I don't see Hartnett smiling and doing crazy ass pranks to Thor like turning him into a chicken.
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9:20PM on 03/11/2009

Er...

Isn't Hartnett doing The Green Hortnet?
:) (Sorry...)
Isn't Hartnett doing The Green Hortnet?
:) (Sorry...)
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9:07PM on 03/11/2009

i wonder....

....if he'd make a good Joker, in the next batman movie?
A: if they'll be one and
B: if the Joker is written in as the villain again
....if he'd make a good Joker, in the next batman movie?
A: if they'll be one and
B: if the Joker is written in as the villain again
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8:44PM on 03/11/2009
Okaaaaayyy, fine. But who the fuck is playing Thor already?!!!!
Okaaaaayyy, fine. But who the fuck is playing Thor already?!!!!
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8:35PM on 03/11/2009

My Chocies For Loki

Vincent Cassell or Paul Bettany would be awesome Loki's.
Vincent Cassell or Paul Bettany would be awesome Loki's.
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8:02PM on 03/11/2009

I'd buy this

I actually read this on another site and for some reason instantly thought "hell yeah!". He does a great bad guy, very subtle - and he kind of has the same look to is face. He'd have to bulk up a bit, but he could pull it off.
I actually read this on another site and for some reason instantly thought "hell yeah!". He does a great bad guy, very subtle - and he kind of has the same look to is face. He'd have to bulk up a bit, but he could pull it off.
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7:50PM on 03/11/2009

I like the idea

Hope Josh does get tapped for this role of Loki,he has a look that works for this character.
Hope Josh does get tapped for this role of Loki,he has a look that works for this character.
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7:35PM on 03/11/2009
spomgemike, re-read the article plz
spomgemike, re-read the article plz
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7:26PM on 03/11/2009

What?

Hartnett is a good actor but i just can't imagine him as thor. Why don't they just get HHH or Tyler Mane. They got the physique. Unless anyone knows an actor who can look good with a blonde wig and fake muscles
Hartnett is a good actor but i just can't imagine him as thor. Why don't they just get HHH or Tyler Mane. They got the physique. Unless anyone knows an actor who can look good with a blonde wig and fake muscles
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7:05PM on 03/11/2009
Doesn't Saruman rule Asgard?
Doesn't Saruman rule Asgard?
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6:39PM on 03/11/2009
Hartnett is definitely better when playing a villain. Watch "O"
Hartnett is definitely better when playing a villain. Watch "O"
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6:29PM on 03/11/2009

man this makes me worry Branagh is just going total fluff and eye candy with this. I would rather see Hartnett as Thor (if I have to) - and see a really strong Shakespearean actor carry the Loki (Lucifer) role.

man this makes me worry Branagh is just going total fluff and eye candy with this. I would rather see Hartnett as Thor (if I have to) - and see a really strong Shakespearean actor carry the Loki (Lucifer) role.
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6:06PM on 03/11/2009

Hartnett has already played a comic book villain

He was The Salesman/The Colonel in "The Customer is Always Right" from "Sin City." He is the one who shoots the Woman in the Red Dress in the beginning and offers Becky a smoke in the end in the elevator.
He was The Salesman/The Colonel in "The Customer is Always Right" from "Sin City." He is the one who shoots the Woman in the Red Dress in the beginning and offers Becky a smoke in the end in the elevator.
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5:55PM on 03/11/2009
Josh Hartnett has always looked a little bit like a cave man to me. I've never really flipped out over his acting either. Then again this news could be worse, the Hideous Seth Rogen could be playing Green Hornet...oh wait!?
Josh Hartnett has always looked a little bit like a cave man to me. I've never really flipped out over his acting either. Then again this news could be worse, the Hideous Seth Rogen could be playing Green Hornet...oh wait!?
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5:28PM on 03/11/2009
Too early to tell right now. I like Hartnett. Seriously. I do. He's never done anything I've totally hated and even in movies that haven't done all that well his acting is still pretty damn decent.

I'd rather see him as Captain America though if we're talking Marvel Universe. If not that, then Green Lantern. He's got the look for either.

Loki? Well, I'm not really familiar with any of Thor's storylines, so I really don't know anything about Loki except for what's mentioned in this
Too early to tell right now. I like Hartnett. Seriously. I do. He's never done anything I've totally hated and even in movies that haven't done all that well his acting is still pretty damn decent.

I'd rather see him as Captain America though if we're talking Marvel Universe. If not that, then Green Lantern. He's got the look for either.

Loki? Well, I'm not really familiar with any of Thor's storylines, so I really don't know anything about Loki except for what's mentioned in this article. I guess it could work...
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5:24PM on 03/11/2009

Good news bad news, eh?

Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
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5:23PM on 03/11/2009

Good news bad news, eh?

Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
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5:19PM on 03/11/2009

Good news bad news, eh?

Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
Hartnett as Loki, bad idea. Alexander Skaarsgard as Thor(though Captain America would be ideal IMHO), good idea. Been a fan since Generation Kill and True Blood.
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4:28PM on 03/11/2009

YES!

He's obviously being cast as the wooden stick that Thor's hammer turns into when he in human form right?
He's obviously being cast as the wooden stick that Thor's hammer turns into when he in human form right?
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4:12PM on 03/11/2009
nope - doesn't work pour moi!
nope - doesn't work pour moi!
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3:30PM on 03/11/2009
I kind of see him in the Green Lantern role.
I kind of see him in the Green Lantern role.
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2:48PM on 03/11/2009

Crazy enough to work?!

think the guy could pull it off, but casting kinda seems left field...i like it though.
think the guy could pull it off, but casting kinda seems left field...i like it though.
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2:47PM on 03/11/2009

i think that could work

i can see that working...

and lets get a grip Joker is a way more interesting character then Loki ever could be. And to put Hartnett into the same range of actor as Ledger just is a joke onto itself.

Also if that casting “taking a meeting” story has any truth where Alexander Skarsgard is up for Thor, I think they could play off each other well.
i can see that working...

and lets get a grip Joker is a way more interesting character then Loki ever could be. And to put Hartnett into the same range of actor as Ledger just is a joke onto itself.

Also if that casting “taking a meeting” story has any truth where Alexander Skarsgard is up for Thor, I think they could play off each other well.
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2:13PM on 03/11/2009
Call me crazy, but it just might work!
Call me crazy, but it just might work!
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1:47PM on 03/11/2009

PASS!

I like JH, but this is not a good role for him. I don't think he has the range. There is no way he can do for Loki what Heath did for the Joker.
I like JH, but this is not a good role for him. I don't think he has the range. There is no way he can do for Loki what Heath did for the Joker.
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1:44PM on 03/11/2009
Anyone else notice that every name mentioned below was also a fan boy favorite to play the joker before Ledger got announced? Weird.
Anyone else notice that every name mentioned below was also a fan boy favorite to play the joker before Ledger got announced? Weird.
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1:26PM on 03/11/2009

Interesting...

I like Josh but I think I would prefer Crispin Glover.
I like Josh but I think I would prefer Crispin Glover.
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1:12PM on 03/11/2009
I've never been impressed by his acting, but I guess we'll see.
I've never been impressed by his acting, but I guess we'll see.
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1:06PM on 03/11/2009
Paul Bettany should play him. I like Josh Harnett....kinda, but I don't see him in this role at all. but he could surprise us, not like it hasn't happened before.
Paul Bettany should play him. I like Josh Harnett....kinda, but I don't see him in this role at all. but he could surprise us, not like it hasn't happened before.
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1:04PM on 03/11/2009

Hmmmm.

This is interesting.
This is interesting.
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12:59PM on 03/11/2009

Ehh?

This could be good or it could be bad, it's to early to tell.

Though as much as I've tried too, I just can't hate on Josh Hartnett. I want too...really, really bad, but I can't.

He's just never done anything particuarly bad.(Excluding Pearl Harbor, but I don't blame him for that)

He does come off as a bit of a lazy actor though, judging on his choices for roles. Hopefully he takes this role, totally blows it, and gives me something to make fun of him for...
This could be good or it could be bad, it's to early to tell.

Though as much as I've tried too, I just can't hate on Josh Hartnett. I want too...really, really bad, but I can't.

He's just never done anything particuarly bad.(Excluding Pearl Harbor, but I don't blame him for that)

He does come off as a bit of a lazy actor though, judging on his choices for roles. Hopefully he takes this role, totally blows it, and gives me something to make fun of him for...
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12:46PM on 03/11/2009

NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Not a good idea, Hartnetts doesnt look like a villain. He doesnt look menacing at all. He doesnt talk menacing, not even if he tried.

Get somebody else please!
Not a good idea, Hartnetts doesnt look like a villain. He doesnt look menacing at all. He doesnt talk menacing, not even if he tried.

Get somebody else please!
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12:45PM on 03/11/2009

Hmm

As much as I think Paul Bettany would be a genious choice for this role, this could actually work really well...
As much as I think Paul Bettany would be a genious choice for this role, this could actually work really well...
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