Kenneth Branagh to Direct Thor?

The last time we checked in on Marvel’s production of Thor, which is set to hit theaters on June 4, 2010, it was on the slate for director Matthew Vaughn, who has since gone on to start production on Kick-Ass. As well, there were rumors that Eagle Eye and Disturbia director D.J. Caruso was interested, but nothing ever happened there.

Tonight though, the folks at Variety are reporting that Kenneth Branagh, who has directed such films as Henry V and Hamlet, is in talks to take on the hammer-wielding Norse God. While he has starred in plenty of films including the upcoming Tom Cruise Nazi drama Valkyrie, Branagh’s last directorial effort was 2007’s Sleuth, a remake that starred Michael Caine and Jude Law.

This would certainly be an odd choice for Marvel Studios Pres. Kevin Feige, but no more odd than the choice of Jon Favreau for Iron Man. Alright, that’s a lie — this is way more odd than Favreau taking on Iron Man. I’ve enjoyed, and not enjoyed, Branagh’s work in the past. Henry V was a big, bloody affair that worked, but Sleuth was a messy rehashing that never found a focused perspective. Yet, no matter how you feel about him as a director, I think we can all agree that Branagh’s most impressive work was his role as the ridiculous Dr. Arliss Loveless in Wild Wild West… or not.

Ultimately I am interested to see where this whole thing goes — should Branagh sign on for Thor, that would certainly put fans in an awkward state of trepidation — who knows where it could go from there. Though, as it stands, a Thor feature film is an ambitious project either way. How do you bring to life a God? We’ll see, I suppose.

What do you think about Kenneth Branagh being in negotiations to direct Thor?

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