Every so often, there’s a piece of casting news that makes you sit up and think, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that movie.” For us at least this has been the case with Thor: Ragnarok, with the build-up to the likes of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange inevitably overshadowing it somewhat – although now it’s back in the spotlight thanks to its latest new casting addition: step forward Tessa Thompson, who will be making the long trip across the Bifrost bridge into Asgard.
Very much in the up-and-coming category, Thompson has nonetheless shone in a number of recent projects, appearing in the likes of Creed, Selma and Dear White People (in addition to various cameos in TV genre fare like Heroes and 666 Park Avenue), and is soon to be a part of upcoming HBO adaptation Westworld, whenever that’s getting released, so her addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe can only be a good thing in our opinion. There’s no word on exactly who she’s playing yet, but word is that she could be a replacement love interest of sorts, with Natalie Portman reportedly set to not reprise her role as Jane Foster for what could well be the final Thor film.
Thompson joins a cast that already includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo (who will be showing up as Bruce Banner/the Hulk) and Jaimie Alexander, with many more set to be confirmed. Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Flight Of The Conchords) is on board as director, working on a script by Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost.
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