Appearing last night on The Tonight Show, Chuck star Zachary Levi confirmed he’ll play Fandral in the sequel to Marvel’s Thor.
“I can actually say it now,” he told host Jay Leno when questioned about his new facial hair, “I’m going to be in Thor 2. The guy, Josh Dallas, who played Fandral the Dashing in the first one — he has a conflict with the television show he’s doing, and I get to jump in there and play the role.
Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures Marvel’s The Avengers — the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Opening May 4, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.
We learned yesterday that Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning to direct Thor 2. Star Chris Hemsworth will be back, though, and the sequel is set to open on July 26, 2013. Today Marvel confirmed that a writer has been set as well, Thor script contributor Don Payne, Deadline reports.
Payne is credited on the first movie’s screenplay, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. He’s made some solid contributions to The Simpsons over the years, having written some of the more recent quality episodes, like “Homer the Moe” and “Simpsons Tall Tales.” He also co-wrote Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
… but hey! The Simpsons! Thor wasn’t perfect, but it got a number of things very right. Payne was a part of that, which means he’s already on the right track. Good enough to know that for now, more than two years out.
It appears as though Marvel Studios is hoping lightning will strike twice of the thunder god Thor.
Deadline Hollywood has a report announcing plans for a sequel to this summer’s first big superhero hit that will see actor Chris Hemsworth return in the role he’s currently taking to the team-up film “The Avengers.” “Thor 2″ will open sometime in 2013, presumably after the already announced “Iron Man 3″ which is slated to appear in theaters on May 3 of that year. [UPDATE: Deadline now cites a date of July 26, 2013 for the film.]
Absent from the sequel will be “Thor” director Kenneth Branagh who the story says will step down from the directing chair for the second outing, however Deadline says the actor/director will remain involved in the franchise in some capacity.
When it opened in May, “Thor” brought in a domestic box office take of $66 million on its way to $437 million worldwide so far. That makes it the most successful superhero film of this summer to date and the latest in a string of hits from Marvel Studios whose “Captain America: The First Avenger” opens on July 22.
Presumably emboldened by Friday’s official casting of Thor star Chris Hemsworth in a lead role, Universal Pictures has moved the opening of Snow White and the Huntsman to June 1, 2012 — four weeks ahead of Relativity Media’s rival fairy-tale adaptation.
Huntsman originally was set for a December release, some six months after the Tarsem Singh-directed The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Deadline notes that “being the second film on the same subject is perilous,” which of course raises the question of whether will now shuffle its take on Snow White.
Hemsworth’s signing ends a lengthy search for the huntsman that led Universal from from Michael Fassbender to Viggo Mortensen to Hugh Jackman before landing on the rising young actor. He joins a cast in the Rupert Sanders-directed retelling that includes Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen and Sam Claflin as the prince.
Universal has also released the first official synopsis for Snow White and the Hutsman:
In Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Claflin plays the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.