Tom Hiddleston Updates Thor 2; Shooting to Start This Summer
01.10.12 by Ryan
Marvel Studios hasn't had the easiest time retaining a director for its upcoming sequel Thor 2. First, Thor director Kenneth Branagh left the project in a "mutual and amicable" exit, and then Branagh's replacement, Patty Jenkins (Monster) exited the sequel over "creative differences" last month. Alan Taylor (Palookaville) was hired to direct just days after Jenkins' departure, and, it would seem, in time to salvage Thor 2's 2013 release date.
During a live webchat with Empire, Thor actor Tom Hiddleston gave a brief update on the sequel's production.
And all I know about Thor 2 is that we're supposed to film it in London in the summer and that it is being directed by Alan Taylor.
While a summer start date had presumed for Thor 2, there's been no word on when the movie would actually start production until Hiddleston's comments. Whether the actor is being coy about knowing anything else about Thor 2 is unknown, though it's doubtful that Hiddleston, or any cast member, has seen a script yet. Thor co-screenwriter Don Payne was initially confirmed to be writing the sequel's script, but around the time of the director's chair shuffling, it was reported that Marvel was looking for another screenwriter to work on the script. John Collee (Master and Commander: Far Side of the World), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, TNT's Falling Skies), Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill), and, possibly Sheldon Turner (Up in Air) were amongst the contenders. No decision on another screenwriter has been made public.
Hiddleston, along with Chris Hemsworth, reprise their Thor roles for this summer's The Avengers, so with Hiddleston still sworn to secrecy about what his character Loki does in that movie, and without likely seeing a script for Thor 2, the actor had little he could reveal about what Loki will be up to in The Avengers, much less Thor 2. "Loki's eternal predilection is to dance on the fault lines of villainy and redemption," Hiddleston offered. "I think whatever happens to him, he'll always keep people guessing." Hiddleston also explained what inspired his interpretation of the character.
Well, in the comics Loki has so many different faces, and the thing that inspired both myself and Ken Branagh was his mixture of emotional psychological complexity, and the speed of his mind. So you have somebody who's capable of thinking and strategizing at the speed of light, but underneath that is a deep well of pain that at any moment threatens to boil over.
So far, only Marvel president Kevin Feige has given a sense of what might happen in the sequel, having admitted that Thor 2 will focus on Thor's relationship with Jane (Natalie Portman), Thor's "new dynamic" with his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and "the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds." So, basically, everything audiences already assumed the movie would be about. Not to worry, we're sure there's plenty Feige's leaving out.