by Josh Starnes, CMRO Editor
Mikkelsen in Negotiations to join cast of Thor 2
Mikkelsen is in negotiations to play the film’s villain, though the studio has not yet announced which character he will be portraying. Mikkelsen is best known for portraying the villainous Le Chiffre in 2006′s “Casino Royale.”
A draft for “Thor 2″ has been turned in by “Thor” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” writer Don Payne, but a re-write was commissioned by director Patty Jenkins, who directed 2003′s Oscar-nominated “Monster,” when she was attached to the project.
Jenkins, who would have been the first woman to direct a major superhero film, has since left the film replaced by television veteran Alan Taylor. Taylor helemed the pilot of AMC’s “Mad Men” as well as a number of episodes of HBO’s fantasy-epic “Game of Thrones.” He now has Robert Rodat, Oscar-nominated writer of “Saving Private Ryan” revising Payne’s draft.
Original “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh will be stepping back to a producing role with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Though a new actor will be stepping into the villain’s role, Marvel has announced that Tom Hiddleston will be returning to the film as Loki, last seen in May’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are also announced to return as Thor and Jane Foster. They will be joined by Jaimie Alexander as Sif, along with Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano and Joshua Dallas as The Warriors Three, and Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba as Odin and Heimdall.
Marvel has announced “Thor 2″ will arrive in theaters on November 15, 2013.