Kenneth Branagh recently had this to say regarding the casting of upcoming Marvel adaptation Thor: “We’re down to the final stages of it… The reason one has to be properly diplomatic, is simply that some talented peopled have been patient, kind, creative and really committed to working with us in this process.” Speaking to MTV he went on to say, “My reluctance to say anything about it is simply out of respect for people who have been extremely respectful of us… That said, I think we are extremely close and I hope to announce a decision sooner rather than later.”
Previously to this, Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, had the following to say to Empire about the state of this hotly anticipated movie: “We will probably be having cast announcements in the next month or so on Thor… We’re looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role. And we’ll also hopefully have lockdown shortly, gearing towards the beginning of production, which will be early next year. So I think there will be a lot of announcements between now and then.”
Although Thor still remains in the pre-production stages, this development hints that Branagh and Feige may already have an actor in mind to play the Norse god of thunder, as well as the supporting cast members.
At this time Thor is currently pencilled in for a 20 May 2011 release date.