Marvel Studios has confirmed the cast for THOR: RAGNAROK. It includes previously reported Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, and Mark Ruffalo. One name that hadn’t floated around prior to the announcement was Jeff Goldblum, who is officially set to The Grandmaster.
In the comics, The Grandmaster is one of the ageless Elders of the Universe with a specialty in most of civilizations’ games of skill and chance. He once possessed the Mind Gem (one of the six Infinity Stones), but lost it to Thanos.
Blanchett will play the villainous Hela, Tessa Thompson will play the hero and potential love interest Valkyrie, and Karl Urban has been cast as Skurge. Mark Ruffalo will appear in the sequel as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Hulk and Thor were absent from the most recent Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War, due to the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”
The group joins returning stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins.
The film is directed by Taika Waititi with a script by Stephany Folsom. Feige is producing while executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, and Stan Lee. The film is set to premiere November 3, 2017.
Emily J | Staff Writer