We’ve got a few exciting casting stories to share this evening. First up, though many believed her character would be left out of the sequel, Deadline reports that Kat Dennings is indeed returning for Thor: The Dark World. Details are thin, but apparently her role of Darcy Lewis has been expanded for the follow-up opposite Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. I thought Dennings’ comic relief was spot-on in Thor, so this comes as welcome news for the follow-up. Production is set to begin imminently with director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) at the helm, Christopher Eccelston as the new baddie, and Tom Hiddleston returning as that pesky Loki.
Additionally, The Killing star (and future Robocop) Joel Kinnaman has joined the constantly-expanding cast of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. Plot details are unsurprisingly scant, but Christian Bale leads a cast that so far includes Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, and a lot of beach-play. News of Kinnaman’s involvement comes courtesy of the Swedish outlet Svd (via The Film Stage), which says the actor will be playing “a rich playboy” opposite Bale’s “depressed writer.” The Film Stage adds that Antonio Banderas’ involvement has been confirmed, and Thomas Lennon and Michael Wincott show up on the film’s IMDb page. That said, Malick’s infamous post-production process nearly ensures that not all these actors will appear in the finished film.
Finally, Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) has joined David Ayer’s actioner Ten. The film follows a group of DEA agents who pull off a heist, but then start dying one-by-one. Per Heat Vision, Williams joins a cast that includes Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, and Dawn Olivieri. The actress will be seen later this year in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and alongside Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson.