Thor will be the next Marvel comic book movie to head into production, with shooting expected to commence sometime in mid-January. The Kenneth Branagh-directed action fantasy flick is shaping up to be a little different from your average superhero adaptation, and already boasts an impressive cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson briefly reprising his role as Nick Fury. Now this week three more actors have been added to the roster.
According to Variety, Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned), Ray Stevenson (Rome, Punisher: War Zone) and Tadanobu Asano (Mongol) have signed on to play Thor’s Warriors Three, a group of “Asgardian adventurers who fight alongside the Norse god”. Their names: Fandral, Volstagg the Valiant, and Hogun the Grim, respectively. Just based on the names alone I’m excited! I have to admit, this movie is shaping up to be a lot of fun. What do you think about how the cast is coming together? Thor is currently slated for release on May 20th, 2011.