Page last updated at 14:47 GMT, Friday, 30 October 2009

Hopkins 'cast in Branagh's Thor'

Sir Anthony Hopkins
Hopkins won an Oscar in 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs

Sir Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast of Thor, Kenneth Branagh's film version of the Marvel comic book, according to industry paper Variety.

The Oscar-winning star will play Odin, the father of the title character, in Branagh's film, which begins production in January ahead of its 2011 release.

Star Trek actor Chris Hemsworth plays Thor, while Natalie Portman plays his love interest Jane Foster.

Based on Norse mythology, Thor first appeared in Marvel's comics in 1962.

Described by Marvel as "a powerful but arrogant warrior", the film sees him banished to Earth after reigniting an ancient war.

Remake

Once there, he comes to humanity's aid when invaders arrive from his home land of Asgard.

Hopkins, 71, will next be seen in horror remake The Wolfman, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt.

This summer also saw him working in London on Woody Allen's as yet untitled new film.

Branagh was seen earlier this year in Richard Curtis's comedy The Boat That Rocked, shortly to be released in the US as Pirate Radio.

As a director he is best known for such big-screen Shakespeare adaptations as Hamlet, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Hopkins backs fledgling festival
13 Oct 09 |  North East Wales
New superhero movies pushed back
13 Mar 09 |  Entertainment
Branagh bows out of Law's Hamlet
15 Oct 08 |  Entertainment
'New director' for The Wolf Man
04 Feb 08 |  Entertainment

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific