That’s the surprising news from Variety this morning, which has the famed Shakespearean actor/director in talks with Marvel Studios to helm the Thor adaptation for a 2010 release.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige‘s choice of Branagh is surprising, as Branagh hasn’t really directed an action-heavy film since his debut on “Henry V,” a bloody telling of the British king’s conquest of France.

Marvel has yet to announce who will play the blond haired Norse god, and many wild rumors have circulated with everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Matt Damon to Brad Pitt playing the lead.

via Variety

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  1. Nico
    September 29, 2008 at 10:32 am — Reply

    Ten years ago, I’d say Branagh himself would have been a choice.

  2. Eddie Sheridan
    September 29, 2008 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Wow. Now this is pretty cool. Having Branagh at the helm could take this to a whole other level.

  3. Lifeisaglitch
    September 29, 2008 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Gilderoy Lockhart O_o

    BTW they should totally go with a Skandinavian actor as Thor, he would seem more out of place and they might even get a better actor for the role by going beyond guys who played or might have played in an Oceans movie.

  4. Rodrigo
    September 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    hmmmm… I’m concerned about this development

  5. September 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    I don’t know if I’m that concerned, aren’t the noises coming out of Marvel (reportedly) that the first Thor movie would be Asgardian rather than Midgardian in nature which could very well play to Branagh’s strengths.

  6. Randallw
    September 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    Well Kenneth Branagh is a Shakespearean actor. I suppose they really need some use to productions where the main character says “thou” and “Have at thee”. Knoweth thou what I speaketh? :)

  7. Kurt Fenreer
    September 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    I’m a huge fan of Branagh, but I don’t understand this choice, or the choice of screenwriter.

  8. Mark I.
    September 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm — Reply

    Will Branagh pull double duty as Donald Blake in addition?

    Doing an “Asgardian” Thor preceding a”Midgardian” Thor might not be a bad idea…Asgard could be so surreal they could save money on sets by doing the “300”/”Sin City” thing with the backgrounds.

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