Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” kicks off production shortly in Australia with the cast currently slated to include Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban.
According to reports, the Taika Waititi-directed film isn’t the Shakespearian space opera of the first film and fantasy war movie of the second, rather it is essentially an outer space “Midnight Run”-style action-comedy. Speaking at the “Now You See Me “2” junket in New York this week, Ruffalo tells Entertainment Tonight that the film is certainly not what you might expect:
“It’s an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor. I think it will be smashing. You’ll see a lot more Hulk… The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger.”
Ruffalo also spoke about Cate Blanchett joining the cast as Hela, a character he dubs ‘The Death Queen’.
“[She’s a] mysterious and powerful new villain… She plays the worst of the worst. So evil. She is going to kill us. It’s such a great part she gets to play.”
Meanwhile, Karl Urban talked to IGN about joining the cast as Skurge The Executioner, an Asgardian known to sport a magic double-bladed battle axe.
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved – and the cast list dropped yesterday – and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of.
The character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’.”
Urban also confirmed that he’s been reading up on comics in preparation for the role. The movie itself doesn’t open until late next year.