Waititi Talks “Thor” Changes, Valkyrie Casting

Filming is underway on Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” on Australia’s Gold Coast right now with the major cast all at work filming on what’s said to be the most comedic and out there chapter of the series thus far. Speaking with Polygon this week, Waititi admits the film has changed a bit from the Thor-Hulk buddy road comedy idea that was in place when he initially came onboard:

“It’s hard to say what the movie is because it’s changing. The plot has changed and the script has changed. There are buddy elements to it between Thor and the Hulk, but who knows what the final movie will look like… [it will be ] the most different Marvel movie to date and one of the biggest.”

One of the film’s stars, Mark Ruffalo, revealed on a radio interview that he was filming a scene this past week with star Chris Hemsworth and features both Thor and Hulk meeting Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). The casting of the “Creed” actress has so far been met with a very positive reaction, and the diversification of the cast was something Waititi was very keen to show:

“Right from the start we wanted to diversify the cast, and it is hard when you are working with Vikings. You want to be more inclusive and provide a broader representation. And at that point, you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. And then take it from there and go with your gut. Say, ‘You know what? None of that stuff matters. Just because the character was blonde and white in the comic book. That doesn’t matter. That’s not what Valkyrie is about.’ People forget that.

Die-hard fans will say, ‘That’s not really authentic to the comics,’ but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets. The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be – what do we even care? I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job. And Tessa tested against – we cast a very broad net, and Tess was the best person.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” will continue filming in Australia through October before scoring a release in November next year.