According to new website Bleeding Cool (note: if you start bleeding cool, get to a hospital immediately), Kenneth Branagh has tapped actor Brian Blessed to play Odin in “Thor”. Branagh, like the previously-announced Thom Hiddleston, has not only worked with Branagh in the past, but in his productions of Shakespeare, specifically “Hamlet” and “As You Like It”. As I’ve said before, I’m loving the casting of actors who know their Shakespeare for this film.
For those who don’t know their Norse mythology (and shame on your for sleeping through Vikings 101), Odin is Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) pop-pop. He’s also pop-pop to Thor’s villainous half-brother Loki (Hiddleston). I’m sure Thor and Loki will refer to Odin throughout the film as “pop-pop”. And if you’re calling it “pop-pop”, you’re clearly not ready to have a war of the gods amongst mortals.
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