The cast for Marvel's upcoming Thor continues to grow and expand in surprising new directions. Today, Variety has announced that Rene Russo is joining the cast as Frigga, mother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and wife of Odin (Anthony Hopkins). If you had told me two years ago that Russo would be portraying a Norse deity in a Thor movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, I probably would have laughed in your face (but I would have felt bad about it later). Post-Iron Man, though, it just feels right. It feels natural. My knowledge of Norse mythology isn't quite up to snuff and my experience with comic book Thor is limited, but I'm really feeling this one. When he's on his A-Game, Branagh really knows how to deliver a killer movie (plus, he gets a couple decades of cred for Henry V alone).

Variety also has what feels like a pretty official synopsis of the movie, which I don't think I've heard laid out this plainly before:

"Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script, which has the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor reigniting an ancient war. 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."

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings and Tom Hiddleston will be among those traveling to and from Asgard and wielding mystical weapons come 2011. Thor begins to swing his mighty hammer (and filming begins) in January.
tags thor
categories Movies, Sci-Fi