'Wire' Star Idris Elba Joins 'Thor' Cast As Heimdall

Idris ElbaAs production on director Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of “Thor” continues to heat up, Idris Elba is the latest addition to the cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba will portray Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge to Asgard. In Marvel’s “Thor” mythology, Heimdall is also the brother of Sif.

Elba — who is perhaps best known for his role as Stringer Bell on “The Wire” — recently finished filming his part in “The Losers”, an adaptation of the Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock.

Earlier this month, Elba expressed interest in appearing in “100 Bullets" — the Vertigo series by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso that wrapped up last summer. Back in July, Azzarello hinted that “100 Bullets” might end up as a TV series.

“Thor” is currently set to begin filming in January with Chris Hemsworth in the title role along with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Jamie Alexander as Sif, and Ray Stevenson, Stuart Townsend, and Tadanobu Asano as the Warriors Three.

Colm Feore and Stellan Skarsgard have also been confirmed to appear in the film in currently unspecified roles.

What do you think about Elba taking the role of Heimdall in “Thor”? Is this too much of a departure from the source material or an example of much needed diversity? Storm the Rainbow bridge with your opinions in the comment section below or open up a vortex on Twitter!