Oct 30 2009Anthony Hopkins Agrees To Be Thor's Dad

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Kenneth Branagh's Thor adaptation has added more surprising credibility to its cast. Variety reports Anthony Hopkins has signed on to play Odin, father to Loki (non-biologically) and Thor and king of Asgard, which will mean something if you're intimately familiar with Norse mythology and/or comic books.

To help you understand what powers and abilities Hopkins will possess in the role, I've copied a paragraph from the Odin (Marvel Comics) Wikipedia entry's section on powers and abilities, replacing "Odin" with "Sir Anthony Hopkins."

As King of the Norse Gods, Sir Anthony Hopkins possesses superhuman strength; durability and courtesy of the Golden Apples of Idunn, a greatly extended lifepsan. Sir Anthony Hopkins is capable of manipulating the Sir Anthony Hopkins Force - a source of magical energy - for a number of purposes, including energy projection; creation of ilusions and force fields; levitation; molecular manipulation and teleportation. The character has also used the Sir Anthony Hopkinspower for greater feats such as transporting the entire human race to an alternate dimension; compressing the population of an entire planet into a single being, the Mangog and taking a soul away from the arch-demon Mephisto.

This Sir Anthony Hopkins Force sounds pret-ty powerful.

Reader Comments

that's pretty fucking cool actually.

it is SO on

Kind of on topic- my friend Will thought it would be funny if Branagh misunderstood what Marvel wanted and made a completely metaphorical Thor movie:

"it would totally work as a period piece!

Montgomery (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) was born into the influential Hastings family and enjoyed a life of unparalleled opulence in late 18th century England. His father, Horatio Odin Hastings (Robbie Coletrain), a high ranking official in the East India Company, grew tired of his son's inability to assume responsibility and banished him from their large Kent estate. Forced to into a world of hardship that he never knew existed, the young man wanders the English countryside, eventually finding himself in an industrialized Leicestershire. Montgomery is completely out of place in the gritty environment, but nevertheless finds tenement working on the new Charnwood Forest Canal railway. His fellow workers jokingly give him the title, Thor; a humorous reference to poor skill at hammering iron spikes. Enduring the hardships of his new life, Montgomery grows to accept his new life, surprisingly finding himself to be a well of knowledge for uneducated locals. Later taking up a teaching position and falling for the local schoolteacher (Sophia Myles); he decides to stay. "Thor' discovers that a fulfilling life can come from the most humble of places."

Poster concept: http://fionastaples.com/misc/thorposterse7.jpg

@3

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I can't wait until it's announced that Sarah Jessica Parker is going to be playing Beta Ray Bill.

LMAO @5!

@3: ...what?

I kind of wish they'd just make a Norse mythology movie, without the whole Marvel universe mythos. I'd rather see Thor fight frost giants and a serpent that holds the world in it's coils than some fucking guy in a suit.

@3: Awesome.

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