Thor 2 gains director, plot and cast?
Thor 2 looks to be moving ahead rather fast, considering that there's the Justice League film to come yet I'm surprised that the studio is moving ahead with the sequel to the impressive Thor (Filmstalker review) so quickly, but it is.
It would seem that there's a director ready to sign for the film as well as a plot in the works and word of who will be cast in the film. It's all happening fast and there are still deals to be made, but this looks like it's heading in the right direction.
The writer and director of Monster, the film starring Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos, could be stepping up to take the helm of Thor 2, and while it may seem a strange fit for her, it's continuing the view of making these films something more than just comic book adaptations.
With Thor (Filmstalker review) delivering such a good superhero film, no small thanks to the excellent Kenneth Branagh, it's no surprise that they've decided to keep pushing the series in a non-standard direction with some strong talent behind the film, and if Patty Jenkins signs she's sure to do just that.
While Branagh brought his talent for making the Shakespearean style epic to Thor, fitting well with the Norse mythology side of the film as well as mixing the dramatic and the humorous, Jenkins brings something else, especially if we are to use the film Monster as a marker.
Could Thor 2 be looking like a darker, more intense story? Well the second film usually is isn't it?
What there is though is a comment from Kevin Feige that tells us something interesting about the size and scope of the sequel, as well as whom they are expecting back on board. Feige said the following as Entertainment Weekly quote him:
"...primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and how the new dynamic with his father (Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins) is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds"
Now I don't think he actually said the names in the brackets, so while Feige didn't say they would be returning we can expect that if their characters are going to feature heavily in the film then we're going to have to see the original actors return, otherwise why bring them back? They really are not going to get away with replacing them so Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins would have to return, and that means a big budget.
I think the fact that they are considering Patty Jenkins means that too, but it also means that they aren't going the usual route with this film and they're looking to put something new into it. A female angle? Bit obvious to state that, something darker perhaps? Who knows what she has in store, if she signs.