In a brilliant bit of casting, both Karl Urban (“Dredd,” “Star Trek”) and Jeff Goldblum have joined the cast of Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” for Marvel Studios.
The duo join an impressive cast list that so far includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Cate Blanchett as the villain Hela – the press release announcing this casting finally confirming the roles of Thompson and Blanchett.
Goldblum will play the eccentric Grandmaster while Urban will play Skurge. In the comics Grandmaster is one of the oldest living beings in the universe, an immortal cosmic game player whose preferred game is pitting two opposing teams against each other. Skurge (aka. The Executioner) is an Asgardian and villain of Thor who at one point joins him in a mission to Hel where he sacrifices himself to stall Ragnarok.
In a statement, producer Kevin Feige says:
“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. 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: Ragnarok” will be in production in Queensland, Australia for much of the second half of this year.
Source: The Wrap