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Rene Russo To Play Mother Of "Thor"

By Garth Franklin Thursday December 17th 2009 01:12AM

Rene Russo is set to play Frigga, the mother of the titular hammer-wielding Norse hero in "Thor" for Marvel Studios says Variety.

As the wife of Norse god (Anthony Hopkins) Frigga is the queen of Asgard and mother to both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Natalie Portman also stars as Thor’s love interest.

Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script in which arrogant warrior Thor reignites an ancient war and as punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans.

Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs the project which begins filming in January.

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