With its January start date soon approaching, the remaining pieces of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor are falling into place. While last month it was rumored that Dominic Cooper (An Education) may play one of the Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardians who got Thor’s back, today we have learned that while the Warriors Three are in the film, Cooper’s not one of them (although that doesn’t mean he’s not in the movie in some other role). Instead, the Warriors will be comprised of Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), and Tadanobu Asano (Mongol). Hit the jump for more details on the actors and their characters.
While Variety does pair the actors with their character, I think we can fairly assume that Townsend will play “Fandral the Dashing” (Stan Lee based the character on ones played by Error Flynn), Stevenson will play “Volstagg the Valiant” (Lee drew from the famous Shakespearean character, Falstaff), and Asano as “Hogun the Grim” (Lee gave him traits similar to that of Charles Bronson’s famous characters). You may notice that Lee drew from non-Scandinavian sources for these characters and that’s because, unlike characters Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Odin (Anthony Hopkins), none of them are from Norse mythology. But no matter their origin, they’ll be backing up Thor in Branagh’s film adaptation of the Marvel comic series.
It is slightly amusing that two of the actors have already done comic book movies, although Stevenson’s is a million times better than Townsend’s. This should be an interesting mainstream debut for Asano although Mongol was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar and horror fans will recognize his name instantly from Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer. I’d imagine their roles aren’t huge as this film is getting pretty crowded as it is and Thor is not an ensemble but the story of a god name THOR.
If you need to know more than “the story is about a god name Thor”, here’s a brief synopsis:
The movie follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) a Norse God banished to Earth for his arrogance and reckless behavior in the Asgard, the capital city of the Norse Gods. On Earth, he falls in love with a nurse named Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), but must become a true hero when his sinister brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) brings the darkest forces of Asgard to wreak destruction on humanity.