It’s been some time coming but now Marvel Studios have officially announced the cast for the third instalment of the Thor movie franchise titled Ragnarok.
Chris Hemsworth returns in the titular role, together with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Mark Ruffalo will put in an appearance as The Hulk but there will be no Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) as she ruled herself out of returning to the franchise earlier this year.
The new additions to the cast are actresses Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Cate Blanchett (Carol) along with actors Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond).
Blanchett is to play Loki’s daughter Hela, the goddess of death who rules over the dead in the realms of Hel and Niflheim, with Thompson taking on the part of Valkyrie. Goldblum will be The Grandmaster – who in the comic books is one of the Elders of the Universe, while Karl Urban has been cast in the role of The Executioner, a.k.a Skurge.
To mark the cast announcement, Marvel have also shared this concept art for the film:
In a statement, Marvel’s Kevin Feige said:
“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 is being directed by Taika Waititi and is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017.