I don’t know what sort of sway Kenneth Branagh has with the ladies, but it seems like some of the hottest young actresses are clearly drawn to him and his upcoming big screen adaptation of Thor.
When the film was first announced several months ago, one of the first cast members to have their name attached was Natalie Portman. Anyone who knows anything about geeks would agree that Portman cemented her standing as a Girl Geek Icon of the highest order when she signed up to play Queen Amidala in Star Wars I, II, and III (of course the less said about her performances the better; even a great actress sometimes can’t rise above a disastrous script). With that choice, Portman made it pretty clear she was a friend to basement dwelling, comic book collecting, continuity freaks of the world (card carrying member right here). But as if Portman’s stock couldn’t have been any higher in Nerdsville, in 2006 she essayed the role of Evey in the Wachowski Brothers adaptation of Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta, going so far as to shaving her head (possibly also a tribute to former paramour Moby as well?). While some pundits may wonder why Natalie Portman would join yet another superhero/sci-fi/genre flick with her role as Nurse Jane Foster, I think it’s simply safe to reasons that clearly the lady is a geek. Or maybe she just wants to figure out the correct pronunciation of Mjolnir.
Now comes word that yet another woman known to generate a bit o that geek lust has joined up with Portman and Branagh. Kat Dennings, she of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, will be appearing in Thor as well (according to reports the role is a co-worker of Portman’s character). Portman and Dennings in a comic book flick – throw in Emma Stone and you’ve got the greatest movie ever made.
All kidding aside, the strong casting choices give a lot of hope for the upcoming Thor flick. Alongside Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman, you’ve also got Anthony Hopkins, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Stuart Townsend, and Ray Stevenson. That’s a pretty stellar cast, and in the case of Hopkins as Odin, inspired casting at that.
How will they all gel? We’ll find out May 20th, 2011, when Thor hits theatres.