New THOR Featurette Focuses on the Production Design

     April 11, 2011

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There’s a new featurette for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and it does nothing to lessen my fears about the scale of the film.  The featurette focuses on the production design, but rather than provide details on Thor’s home of Asgard, we’re instead treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how they built the small town in New Mexico where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished, because presumably you’ve never seen a small town in a movie before.  This is my central concern about the film: it’s going to push the spectacle and grandeur of the character to the side so we can witness the majesty of a Norse god visiting the local 7-11 for a Slurpee.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  Thor opens in 3D on May 6th.

Featurette via our partners at Omelete:

Here’s the official synopsis for Thor:

Release Date: May 6, 2011

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

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