Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, The Fly, Independence Day) and Karl Urban (Dredd, Stark Trek, Lord of The Rings) have been added to the growing cast of Thor: Ragnarok, along with Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson being officially confirmed.
The press release has confirmed that Cate is playing Hela and Tessa is Valkyrie, new additions Karl Urban will be playing Skurge (Amora’s henchman) and Jeff Godblum will be playing The Grandmaster.
We have to assume that villainous Amora The Enchantress is also on the way. We recently learned that Jessica Chastain might have played a female Killian in Iron Man 3, and has mentioned a desire to play a costumed villain or superhero. It also doesn’t hurt she’s co-starred with the two leads in Crimson Peak and The Hunstman: Winter’s War.
They also included a piece of concept art that confirms that Hela’s invasion of Asgard is likely coming.
Here’s the full press release from Marvel, it leaves out Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander and the actors who portray the warriors three. It also confirms that Jane’s science crew won’t be back.
Two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Carol, “Cinderella”) joins Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Jurassic Park”) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge.
Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar®-nominee Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Foxcatcher”), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from “Marvel’s The Avengers” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”
Thor’s new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth (“Rush,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Ghostbusters”) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (“Crimson Peak,” “The Night Manager,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Thor’s adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (“The Dark Tower,” “Luther,” “Beasts of No Nation”) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award®-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Nixon,” “Hitchcock”) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.
“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Two Cars, One Night,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
However, Jaimie posted this on Twitter when a fan noticed she was left-off the cast.
Don’t worry 😉 …. https://t.co/LvbYNWmBNa
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) May 20, 2016