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Walt Disney Studios has announced that Downton Abbey’s Lily James has been cast as Cinderella in the studios upcoming live-action adaptation of the fairy tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked step-mother, with Sir Kenneth Branagh directing. Over the next several weeks, I’m sure we’ll learn about the prince, the evil step-sisters, and we’ll see if there are any CGI mice running around. via Walt Disney Studios

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Or so says Joe Quesada to MTV when speaking about the Kenneth Branagh film adaptation of the Norse god story. “It’s going to be pretty epic, and regardless of what you think it’s going to be, it’s going to surprise people,” he added. “It’s an interesting piece for a superhero movie. It’s going to change the conventions of the superhero movie.” Joe Q. goes on to say that he’s sat through meetings with Branagh and says that the director has immersed himself into the subject matter.  When one looks at the library of Branagh films, and understands his love for

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Variety is reporting that Rene Russo has been cast a Firgga, the mother of Thor, in the upcoming Kenneth Branagh movie that begins shooting next month. Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script, which has the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor reigniting an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth. via Variety

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Variety posted, then took down an article, which prompted Marvel to officially announce that Stuart Towsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano have been cast the play The Warriors Three, in the upcoming Kenneth Branagh Thor movie.  Good news for those who have been wanting to know who would play the Asgardians who fight alongside the Norse god.  Rumors were tossed around the last couple of weeks that everyone from Robert De Niro to Jude Law would be playing the warrior team. via Super Hero Hype

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There’s so much movie news coming out of H’wood this morning, that we’re bringing back the Rapid Roundup of Hollywood News.  Some of it is clearly in the rumor category, while other entries are confirmed fact – we’ll leave it up to you to decide which is fact, and which is fan boy fantasy.

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Here’s a bit of breaking news – Natalie Portman has just been signed to appear in the upcoming Thor movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. Portman will be playing Jane Foster, love interest to the Norse god. From the Wiki At first she was a nurse for Donald Blake, eventually developing feelings for him, not knowing that Blake and Thor were one and the same. The love triangle went on for a while, until Thor revealed his secret identity to Jane, and in return even took her to Asgard with him. There, Jane was briefly granted immortality and the power of

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Or at least according to the exclusive announcment that popped up on Deadline Hollywood.  Chris Hemsworth, of the J.J. Abram’s Star Trek Hemsworths, has been tapped by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and director Kenneth Branagh to wield the hammer, and speaketh ye olde English. The 25-year-old Australian hunk is a virtual unknown here in the United States. But he played “Kim Hyde” on 171 episodes of Home and Away, the successful Oz TV series where Heath Ledger started. Hemsworth is repped by partner and co-founder William Ward at ROAR management and agent Ilene Feldman. The story of how Hemsworth landed the title role is an

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Variety is reporting that Tom Hiddleston has been tapped by Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios to put on the curly yellow horns of Loki to torment Thor in the upcoming movie.  This news is hot on the heels of the confirmation that Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek’s George Kirk) will play the hammer weilding Norse god. Kenneth Branagh, who is prepping to direct “Thor” for a May 20, 2011, release, already had a relationship with Hiddleston, having co-starred with the actor in the BBC miniseries “Wallander.” The two were in a London stage production of “Ivanov.” Hiddleston also played Winston Churchill‘s

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