Would you like to star in Thor?

Kenneth Branagh‘s Thor is one of the most anticipated films of 2010, if only because it is such a strange project. Kenneth Branagh helming an action movie? A Thor film in the 21st century?

Marvel are still looking for someone to play Thor, and the casting call specifications have been revealed. Does the following describe you?

“Male MUST BE MID-LATE 20’S and SIX FEET OR TALLER. LEAD. Physically powerful, very handsome, occasionally egotistical, petulant and wild. A natural warrior with a quick charming wit who must be genuinely and severely humbled before becoming the compassionate, mature hero of our film.”

Hmm, well I’m in my early twenties, and I’m just under six-feet, so maybe I’ve got a chance. Uh oh. Physically powerful; handsome; a natural warrior. Ummm, maybe I should just wait until they recast Peter Parker.

It’s interesting that the arc of the character is revealed within the specifications, although I imagine Branagh will bring a lot more pathos to the character. I imagine a tragic Shakespearean Thor for the ages.

I never pictured the God of Thunder to be in his 20s (which is especially strange considering Marvel’s other heroes are in their late 30s, early 40s). However, I trust Branagh and Marvel to bring an entertaining (and unique) superhero film to screens. By the hammer of … well, you know.

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