Thor 3 sounds out Oscar-winner for role

Is the Lord Of The Rings and Carol star poised to appear in Thor 3?

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

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Marvel has been making a welcome habit of round out its supporting cast with acclaimed actors of late – think Glenn Close in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange and Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. Now, it looks like Thor: Ragnarok will be continuing this trend, as The Lord Of The Rings and Carol star Cate Blanchett is reportedly in talks to star in the sequel to Thor: The Dark World.

The report in Variety doesn’t hint at exactly who Blanchett might be playing, although we’ve got our suspicions. Regular Thor comics foe the Enchantress is a possibility, as is Valkyrie. Alternatively, it could be some other unnamed foe – she’s certainly got the requisite gravitas to pull it off (remember that scene as Galadriel in Fellowship Of The Ring? She definitely knows how to do scary).

Could Cate Blanchett star in Thor: Ragnarok?

Whoever she possibly ends up portraying, her presence alone bodes well for the film. Starring alongside the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo, and with many more undoubtedly to follow – not to mention the direction of Flight Of The Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows‘ Taika Waititi – if cast then she adds further depth to what is already an excellent-looking cast.

Blanchett is in the headlines currently, having scored no less than five Golden Globe nominations for her role in Todd Haynes’ Carol, following on from previous wins for her performances in Elizabeth, I’m Not There and Blue Jasmine. If she can add even some of her undoubted class to Thor: Ragnarok then we’re already that bit more excited about it.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released in cinemas on 27 October 2017. You can find out more about the characters and the comics that inspired them by picking up the latest edition of 100 All-Time Greatest Comics.