Stringer Bell Goes to Asgard
Hey, I'm not gonna complain. No doubt, there will be an army of comic book geeks that are going to complain that there were no black people in Asgard, and that Elba is wrong for the part of Heimdell, the Guardian of Asgard, who stands watch over the Bifrost Bridge in the cinematic version of Thor. To which I say: It's a movie about the Norse God of Thunder who comes to earth and meets Nick Fury and eventually joins Iron Man and Captain America in The Avengers.
You can buy all of that, but you're gonna fuss over pigment?
Anyway, production and casting for Kenneth Branagh's Thor is moving full steam ahead. Filming is set to start in January 2010, and the cast is near-complete. In addition to Elba, the roles of The Warriors Three were also announced last week. The Warriors Three are characters created by Marvel (again, if you're OK with that, don't bitch about Elba), three badass Asgardians who frequently fight at Thor's side. Ray Stevenson (Punisher: Warzone) will play Volstagg The Valiant, Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer) will play Hogun the Grim, and Stuart Townsend was cast as Fandral The Dashing.
Good to see that Townsend's career is picking up again, after being nearly devastated by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
These four will join Chris Helmsworth as Thor, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Jaimie Alexander as Sif. And, of course, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Thor won't be released until 2011.