'Thor' Movie Update: Tom Hiddleston Cast As Loki

Tom HiddlestonMarvel's god of thunder will indeed be matching wits with everyone's favorite trickster in the live-action "Thor" movie -- but in a bait-and-switch worthy of the ol' Norse villain himself, it looks like the studio has surprised everyone with its choice of an actor to play Loki.

Following on the heels of this weekend's big news regarding Chris Hemsworth being cast as the lead in "Thor," Nikki Finke reports on her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog that Tom Hiddleston will be playing the role of Loki in Marvel Studios' live-action "Thor" movie. The award-winning British actor is fairly unknown in the US, but co-starred with "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh in his BBC series "Wallander."

The Hiddleston casting comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Josh Hartnett's name has long been tossed around as the likely actor to bring Loki to the big screen.

Previously, Hiddleston had been mentioned in connection with "Thor," but had been associated with the lead role rather than Loki or any supporting characters. He's a favorite of Branagh, who called Hiddleston a "great actor" earlier this month. More casting news is expected to be announced soon, as Branagh has been in town to finalize plans with Marvel Studios.

So, who's left to cast? There's still the pesky matter of that female lead, a part which Natalie Portman was once rumored to be playing. Of course, that same rumor kicked off alongside the rumor about Hartnett playing Loki, so nothing's certain at this point.

Keep it locked to Splash Page for more "Thor" news as it develops and confirmation of this casting if/when it's announced.

What do you think of Hiddleston playing Loki? What other characters would you like to see in "Thor" -- any other Norse gods, for example? Let us know in the comment section!

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