Casting rumors regarding "Thor" have included some of Hollywood's best and brightest lately, and now it looks like we could have some official word soon on one of the principal characters in the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins is in negotiations to play Odin, the father of Thor, who rules the Norse gods in Asgard. The casting, though not entirely official yet, debunks previous rumors that tagged Shakespearean actor Brian Blessed for the role.
Hopkins, a multiple Oscar nominee who won the award in 1992 for his role as the fiendish cannibal Hannibal Lecter, will join previously announced "Thor" cast members Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster, Thor's love interest) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki, Thor's half-brother and nemesis).
Jaimie Alexander and Colm Feore were recently reported to have roles in the film, though there's been no official confirmation, while other actors rumored for roles include Robert DeNiro, Jude Law, Dominic Cooper, Diora Baird and Stellan Skarsgard.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, "Thor" is said to chronicle the Norse god of thunder's fall from grace, his subsequent time spent living among Earth's mortals (in which he meets and falls in love with Portman's character) and his battle against an otherworldy threat that tests his god-like powers.
Recently, Marvel Comics writer Brian Bendis offered his own thoughts on how best to integrate the supernatural elements of Thor into the greater Marvel movie universe established by "Iron Man" and "Incredible Hulk."
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