Zachary Levi Discusses Turning Down Thor Role
12.11.09 by BJSprecher
A month ago, it was revealed that Zachary Levi, star of the TV series Chuck, was forced to turn down the roll of Fandral the Dashing in Thor, director Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic book. The addition of six episodes to NBC's third season of Chuck prevented Levi from committing to the role, which ultimately went to Stuart Townsend.
Levi recently told TV Guide that it was a "bummer" to have to pass up the part, but said that he would be up for another superhero role, if Marvel would have him.
There's no way to slice it. I am Chuck Bartowski in a lot of ways, so to be able to not only be up for a really big movie, but to be up for a really big movie that is a part of the Marvel Universe, that Kenneth Branagh is directing, that Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are in, you dream about stuff like that. It sucked having to let that go, but again, that stuff is out of your hands. I believe that, based on what's happened, this is where God wants me so you let that go. I wish them nothing but the best. I'm sure Stuart Townsend will do a good job. Hopefully Marvel feels bad and are like, "You should be Captain America!" or Bucky at the very least. It definitely was tough to let that go.
Thor is scheduled to begin filming in January, with Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) in the title role. Other cast members include Tom Hiddleston,
Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, and Idris Elba.