Thor director Kenneth Branagh is walking away from Asgard, and no one is sadder than star Chris Hemsworth.
“I’m really disappointed,” Hemsworth said of Branagh’s decision to pass on “Thor 2,” which is aiming for a July 2013 release and may begin filming next May. “Ken built that character, and everything I know about the Thor world I learned while shoulder-to-shoulder with Ken. I learned so much from him.”
By all reports, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige invited Branagh back to follow up his success of Thor, the May 6 release that has grossed $447 million in worldwide box office. The 50-year-old filmmaker seemed energized by the prospects of a sequel too, both in private and in public. In the end, though, the marathon devotion required for a major visual-effects epic and the urgency to get the script process underway were the factors that sent Branagh in a different direction. Instead of crossing the Rainbow Bridge again, Branagh will be busy as the returning star of the acclaimed British television series Wallander and with his ramping work with a theater group in his native Belfast.
Hemsworth, who visited Comic-Con International in San Diego this last weekend to promote Snow White and the Huntsman, said Marvel Studios will decide fairly soon on Branagh’s replacement. The 27-year-old actor has said the Oscar-nominated Branagh was initially intimidating and ultimately inspiring to work with, and that he has left a mark that will carry forward on the franchise.
“As long as he’s happy, that’s the thing,” said Hemsworth, who left San Diego to return to the New Mexico set of ”The Avengers.” “I learned so much from Ken while we built [the first film], so at least I had that time with someone like that. The start of anything creative is the most important period in a way. That’s when the most can go wrong, and Ken made sure we got it right.”
If any actor knows the anxieties and payoff of stepping onto the silver screen as a superhero, it’s Robert Downey Jr., who super-charged his career by donning the armor of Iron Man for a franchise that has pulled in more than $1.2 billion in worldwide box office. On Tuesday at the premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger at the El Capitan Theatre, Downey said he knew what it was like to walk a mile in the red boots of Chris Evans, the latest Marvel Universe star.
“Evans has had just a nerve-racking summer up to this point,” he said. “Up until this night, you’re starting to get the feedback and people are saying, ‘Wow, this really works. And we’re happy and reviews are good and it looks like the numbers are gonna be good.’ It’s a horrible part of the job that we do. But it’s nice when he’s on this side of it, I imagine, for him.”
It remains to be seen how the public will receive “Captain America” – but Evans already has a big fan in Downey. “First of all, look at the man’s profile. Very handsome. Second of all — very capable actor,” the actor said. So the pair and the rest of the team are getting along on the set of “Avengers”?
“It’s a nightmare,” Downey said with a winking tone. “I’m not talking to these clowns. No. It’s really fun. It’s been surprisingly fun. Also, [‘Avengers’ director] Joss Whedon has really taken us to new depths of discovery for our characters. And I think the movie going audiences – myself among them – should be pleased.”
The long-awaited, much delayed film, The Cabin in the Woods has finally received a release date! The executive-produced Joss Whedon, horror-thriller will be released on April 13th, 2012 by Lionsgate.
Chris Hemsworth plays a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up scratching the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.
It has been announced that will be attending Comic Con on July 23rd for a Snow White and the Huntsmen panel! The announcement was somewhat unexpected, but absolutely wonderful to hear. Take a look at the panel details below:
3:30-4:15 Universal Pictures: Snow White and the Huntsmen
Universal Pictures is bringing the stars and filmmakers of its epic action-adventure film based on the script Snow White and the Huntsman to Comic-Con. Scheduled to appear to discuss their roles in this breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale are Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Prometheus), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Director Rupert Sanders (Halo 3 campaign) and other filmmakers will also be on hand to reveal exclusive footage. Q&A session to follow. HALL H
It looks like Ron Howard’s next directorial project is getting some major traction. The other day it was reported that Chris Hemsworth was in talks to take on the role of James Hunt in Howard’s Formula 1 racing drama Rush, and now Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl is circling the role of Hunt’s rival Niki Lauda. The film follows the heated rivalry between Austrian driver Lauda and British driver Hunt in the 1970’s.
Screen Daily (via The Playlist) reports that the plan is to start filming later this year in Germany and the U.K. once Hemsworth has wrapped Snow White and the Huntsman. Howard will direct from a screenplay by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”). (Source)
Ron Howard’s next film Rush is a biopic of the British Formula One driver and notorious playboy, and with a Peter Morgan script, a charismatic lead actor is required. Deadline report that Aussie actor Hemsworth, who got his Hollywood break in Star Trek, has been offered the part.
Talks are taking place, with a view to shoot next year. Howard will have to work around Hemsworth’s Marvel commitments, with Thor 2 officially announced for July 2013. Following his reprisal of Thor for The Avengers, Hemsworth will film Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart later this year.
Rush will focus on Hunt’s Formula One rivalry with Niki Lauda in the 1970s, as well as his victories and colourful lovelife. The film’s production comes at a good time, with Ayrton Senna immortalised in Asif Kapadia’s documentary Senna, a huge hit at the UK box office.
Also up for consideration is I Am Number Four star Pettyfer. (Source)
In an interview with EW, producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great and Powerful) explained that Snow White and the Huntsman is actually the first in a planned trilogy of films and revealed how exactly this re-imagining of the classic fairytale will be similar to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and differs from the Julia Roberts Snow White film:
“We retain the basic story in the same way we retain the basic story of Alice, a young girl meant to be the queen who is cast out. The Huntsman is a mercenary, in the sense that he’s a guy who is very able in the woods, more able than most anyone. His job is to capture runaway girls, who are all fleeing the kingdom because of the queen. He’s a nondescript bounty hunter, as we first meet him. He’s not a nice guy, but not only that he’s someone who has lost hope and lost faith. He has lost his wife, given up on everything.”
“She starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods.”
Snow White and the Huntsman begins shooting this coming August and is slated to hit theaters on June 1st, 2012. (Source)
Director Joss Whedon remained busy on the set of The Avengers but Marvel Studios Co-President Kevin Feige helped fan more excitement for the superheroes adventure (if that’s even possible) talking about next summer’s blockbuster with Film Journal.
“We’re making a big crossover event that brings all of these characters together to face something incredible and epic,” Feige told Film Journal.
As far as maintaining some sort of balance amongst all the Marvel characters, Feige credited Whedon for being an expert at telling ensemble stories thanks to his experience with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“We’re in the fifth week of production on The Avengers and all of the actors have been very impressed with him. They all carry their own movies and I think everyone was worried about who would get the short end of the stick. But no one does because they’re all there servicing the larger story. The stuff we’ve shot is cutting together spectacularly and it’s just the character interactions that we’ve done so far. We haven’t shot much of the action sequences yet. I think the end result is going to feel very, very satisfying.”
“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth continued to work alongside Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark and Iron Man in the big-budget “The Avengers” with Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) among others.
Look for The Avengers in theaters May 4, 2012. (Source)
Sony is reportedly jumping into the black ops game again, picking up Shadow Runner, an original thriller with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth attached to star. Plot details have been kept secret although it is known it involves elite commandos.
The project is based on an original idea from Hossein Amini, who is one of the writers of Snow White and the Huntsman, which also stars Hemsworth. (Source)
With Marvel’s Thor shooting past the $435 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was no surprise when Disney locked in a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2.
According to Deadline, Thor director Kenneth Branagh will not return to helm the sequel that will also star Chris Hemsworth as the godly superhero. A new director will be sought with the selection process expected to get underway shortly – if not immediately.
Marvel has already hired Don Payne, who worked on the final draft for the original Thor, to pen the script for Thor 2. Payne’s credits include My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and a handful of The Simpsons episodes. The humor from “Thor” should theoretically bridge to the sequel.
It’s still too early to know if Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba or any of the other Thor main character actors will appear in the sequel. The only lock at this point is Hemsworth. But it is easy to assume Jane, Loki, Odin, Siff and the Warriors Three will return as multi-film deals were signed for many of the actors. (Source)