Earlier this week, Natalie Portman exclusively revealed to MTV News that "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" actress Kat Dennings had joined the cast of “Thor.” After a few days of speculation, we finally know which character Dennings will portray on the big screen.
According to Variety, Dennings will play Darcy, a coworker of Portman’s Jane Foster. While earlier reports hinted that Jane Foster would be “retooled” for this adaptation, it seems safe to assume that both Jane and Darcy will be in the medical profession, given the history of “Thor” in Marvel comics.
“Thor” will be the second superhero-related film for Dennings following the upcoming
"Defendor" with Woody Harrelson. Last month, Dennings expressed her desire to appear in an adaptation of Tim Seeley's "Hack/Slash."
It's interesting to note that the Variety report describes the story as focusing on a “partly disabled med student who discovers his Norse god alter ego, the hammer-swinging Thor.” As longtime comic readers should recognize, that is a reworking of the origin of Thor that includes his human alter-ego, Donald Blake. However, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that Donald Blake would not be in the “Thor” movie during a press conference held last June.
Does this mean that Donald Blake will be in the “Thor” movie afterall? Not necessarily. Thor has used several secret identities in the past that could fit here — Jake Olson, for example — or it could mean that Chris Hemsworth will portray both Thor and Blake instead of using another actor to fill Blake’s part.
Would Dennings have been better suited for a larger role like Enchantress or Hela? Do you think that Donald Blake will appear in “Thor”? Lay down your hammer in our comment section below or unleash the mighty thunder of Twitter!