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Branagh talks Thor

KennethBranagh.jpgKenneth Branagh has been talking about Thor and why he would want to direct a superhero film, especially this one, and he's spoken about it during a press junket for Valkyrie.

The way he speaks about Thor, or The Mighty Thor as the character is also called, it seems he's pretty excited about the idea, and he's also got a good handle on how the character should be on screen.

I'm just watching Kenneth Branagh play Wallander on television, an excellent series where Branagh is reminding us that he's much, much more than the superb actor/director of Shakespeare that we're so used to seeing these days.

The announcement that he was going to direct Thor was a surprise to me, but when I thought about it I began to get excited, he could bring something deeper and more character driven to it.

At a press junket for Valkyrie Kenneth Branagh talked to MTV about the film and clarified that the title will be Thor, or rather he thinks that it will be Thor, that may change.

“To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures...There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way...

...It’s a chance to tell a big story on a big scale...It’s a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario.”

Now that description sounds right up Branagh's alley actually, putting aside the notion of a superhero for a bit that description makes you think he could deliver something pretty epic.

MTV talks about Branagh's career and writes it off casually by saying that he's not worked on a project of this scale since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Hello? Have they been watching films since 1994?

They obviously haven't seen the scale and brilliance of Hamlet some two years later, the superb Love's Labour's Lost in 2000, or As You Like It and The Magic Flute in 2006. Sure Sleuth wasn't as strong as the original, but with Michael Caine and Jude Law in a strong thriller, you have to give the man credit.

With all that they say he hasn't done anything of this scale since 1994's Frankenstein? Frankly that's a very uneducated comment, or rather it's a comment that's pure pop culture ignoring everything else.

If I were Branagh I'd be hugely insulted by that.

No matter, I'm not, and he's got more interesting things to deal with, like casting Thor. He shrugs off the suggestion of Kevin McKidd playing Thor saying that it was early speculation.

“There’s been lots of talk [about casting] — I sound like a politician — but we are too early at this stage. We’re getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days.”

Sensational? It doesn't sound like it's Kevin McKidd, no offence meant, but of the people that Branagh has worked with it does suggest that it's a really big name. Do you think there's a surprise in there for us?



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