Zachary Levi

Scheduling conflicts can be a real pain, especially when a sequel gets a greenlight and a studio is forced to round up a cast of supporting characters as memorable as those seen in Marvel’s Thor. For their limited screen time, the Warriors Three and Sif (Jamie Alexander) made quite an impression on audiences. They were more than up to the task of being the God of Thunder’s fondest and fiercest friends, seemingly ripped directly from the comic books and placed on screen. In the first film, the gang included Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Josh Dallas as Fandral. Now as Thor 2 and director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) gear up for production, Josh Dallas’ work on ABC’s Once Upon a Time has gotten in the way and the role of Fandral has been recast. So who’s charismatic enough and without a TV show that can jump in and save the day? How about Chuck star Zachary Levi

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the somewhat unlikely recasting of Levi in the role of Fandral is still in talks, but that Marvel has just about settled on the Chuck star and will be making an offer shortly. Levi is an odd choice not for any tangible reason, but it’s hard to imagine him as anything but the goofy, charming psuedo-spy Nerd Herder he’s been playing on television since 2007. What will he do without Adam Baldwin to balance out his goofiness? Alas, Marvel hasn’t really made any casting mistakes yet. And as long as they don’t pull and Iron Man 2 and feel the need to take a moment to draw attention to the change, it should be more than manageable.

Thor 2 is scheduled for a November 8, 2013 release date. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins are all slated to return, with Mads Mikkelsen recently joining as a yet-to-be-named villain.

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