Thor's bad guy talks
Tom Hiddleston is the man set to play Loki, the bad guy to Thor in the upcoming comic book adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh no less, and he's been talking about his character and what's in store for us.
He reveals a little about the powers of Loki and what Thor will be up against, as well as some of the ideas that Branagh and Hiddleston have for the character.
Interestingly it seems that Tom Hiddleston first tried out for the role of Thor, which seems a little bit of a stretch for him since he's not the hugely built type. However while he was auditioning Kenneth Branagh, who worked with him on the Wallander series, saw his potential for Loki, Thor's enemy.
"Loki's like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier… skilled in black magic and scorcery. He's a shape-shifter and has all sorts of super powers from the dark arts. He can turn clouds into dragons, things like that."
Well that is nasty, but with that shape shifting, isn't there a potential that Loki could just become Thor? Well apparently the shape shifting isn't that good, and Branagh wants Loki not to look so big.
"Ken wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can't be posing as Thor."
Interesting that the comparison is made to King Lear, considering Branagh's career, as well as Hiddleston's, it's not surprising that they're looking at comparisons with Shakespeare.