‘Thor Ragnarok’ Lands Tessa Thompson, Loses Natalie Portman
What an incredible 24 hours it has been for comic-book movie fans. Last night at the MTV Movie Awards we got a clip/trailer for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Warner Bros. and DC comics did not go quietly into the night as they dropped the second trailer for David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad.
Today Marvel has announced a shift in their female lead for Thor Ragnarok. Tessa Thompson (Creed) has been cast as the new love interest for Thor (Chris Hemsworth). According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Tessa Thompson has signed on for a key role“. It has been reported that Tessa has signed on for multiple movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are no details on who exactly Mrs. Thompson will be playing but Deadline has stated that she is “a kind of superhero”. This has led fans to speculate if she could in fact be playing the Marvel character, Valkyrie (Brunhilde). In Marvel lore she is Asgardian born and selected by Odin himself to the lead the Valkyrior. Tessa Thompson was in the 2015 hit ‘Creed‘ which she has received high praise for her role as Bianca, Adonis love interest. The casting news so far has been met with praise from the Marvel fan-base as well as the movie community.
Also, with news of Tessa being cast as the female lead we have learned today that Natalie Portman will not be returning as Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster. There was speculation that Natalie did not want to return to Thor 2 once Patty Jenkins departed from the project. With Patty Jenkins now directing DC’s Wonder Woman, could it possible that we see Natalie show up in the DCEU in the future? With Portman leaving the franchise there is no word on other cast members Kat Dennings (Darcy) or Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) current status for Thor Ragnarok. I assume the latter would be retained as Selvig has been a key figure in the MCU and trusted friend for Thor.
How do you feel about the casting of Tessa Thompson? Do you hope she is more than just some love interest? How do you feel about Natalie Portman leaving the franchise? Thor Ragnarok is still over a year away and I am sure we will have more information on the cast and story details in the coming months. The cast is already shaping up quite nicely with the addition of Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Tessa will do a fine job filling the void left by Natalie. As always stay tuned to MFST for all you Marvel/DC Entertainment News.
Sources: Deadline, THR
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