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Kenneth Branagh’s casting for Thor

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 6, 2009

Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed

From SFX Magazine

 Recently Bleeding Cool posted a story about Brian Blessed being cast as Odin, the big chief Norse God and father of Thor, in Kenneth Branagh’s big screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character. It seemed like wishful thinking at the times. After all, he’s perfect – loud, large and larger than life, with a CV of fantasy and SF behind him (Flash Gordon, Phantom Menace, Doctor Who to name but a few). He’s also been in a number of Branagh projects before (Hamlet, As You Like It).

However, another report on Comic Book Resources adds weight to the rumor. The site claims to have received “an email from Scott Knowles, who wrote, ‘Brian Blessed was a speaker recently at a business event in the UK I attended (The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Derby) and when asked of his future endeavors mentioned that he would be playing Odin in Marvel’s Thor movie directed by his pal, Kenny.

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One Response to “Kenneth Branagh’s casting for Thor”

  1. Alan Yance said

    God, I hope that’s true. Blessed would be perfect as Odin! Now if only we could find a role for Branagh himself…he needs to be in front of the camera as much as he needs to be behind it! He was amazing in “Valkyrie” and is always a class act.

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