The third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, as just booked another cast member as actress Tessa Thompson has just joined the film in an undisclosed, but “key” role per Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. Thompson, who was a standout in last year’s Creed, which was written and directed by director Ryan Coogler, who is set to direct (and co-write) the 2018 Black Panther film. According to both trades, Thompson’s character will be a superhero, and she will appear in multiple films. While they’re unable to verify who she’ll be playing, it’s more than likely she’ll be playing Valkyrie, a character that was speculated as being a part of the film some time back.
Here’s the full report from THR:
The third installment of Marvel’s Norse myth-inspired franchise is heading towards a June start with Taika Waititi in the director’s chair.
Chris Hemsworth is back as the Marvel superhero version of the Norse god of thunder with Tom Hiddleston and Jaimie Alexander among those that are also returning.
Also playing roles are Mark Ruffalo, as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Cate Blanchett.
Details for Thompson’s part have not been revealed, but she could be the female lead as Natalie Portman, who was the female lead as Dr. Jane Foster in the previous two Thor installments, is not returning.
Now, while the details from THR don’t call Thompson’s character a superhero, Deadline’s report does. They also state that she will appear in other Marvel films as well.
Sources tell Deadline that the character Thompson will play will be a kind of superhero and will appear in other Marvel films as well.
Given how in demand the actress has become since Creed, this is a huge get for Marvel, and I can’t wait to see who she’s playing and what she does with the character.
It’s more than likely Marvel will hold off on confirming this casting, much as they have with Mark Ruffalo and Cate Blanchett, until the start of production in June. For now, you can follow along here for all things Thor: Ragnarok.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter.