When it rains, it pours over at the offices of Marvel Studios, where for the second day in a row Tinseltown blogger Nikki Finke has pulled a casting decision out of the studio’s dumpster and exposed it to the world. Yesterday she reported that Star Trek bit-player Chris Hemsworth had been signed on to play the title role in Thor and today she’s saying that she has intimate knowledge of the studio’s intentions to cast British actor Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s jealous adopted brother and nemesis Loki.
As a character in the Marvel Universe, Loki has always been the compelling other half to the Thor story. He was adopted at a young age by Odin (Thor’s father), the ruler of Asgard. Because he was a bad seed and would constantly scheme and find ways to cause chaos, Loki was exiled to space by Odin, only to return and attempt to take over the kingdom and ascend to the throne. This lead to a constant state of battling between he and half-brother Thor.
Tom Hiddleston, a name you may not recognize right away, is an award-winning British actor and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has been seen by American audiences playing Winston Churchill’s son in HBO’s The Gathering Storm in 2002.
Yet again, another very ballsy move on the part of Marvel — assuming this info is completely legit. It seems as though Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and director Kenneth Branagh are sticking to the concept of casting relative unknowns in their potentially epically scaled story. And as a fan of anything epically scaled, this journalist is certainly not against their direction. In the end, it is all about delivering the character in a faithful and exciting way, is it not?
What do you think of the casting of Hiddleston as Loki?