“Jurassic Park” Alum Sam Neill Boards “Thor: Ragnarok” in Secret Role


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Golden Globe-nominated actor is set to reunite with Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi for the upcoming Marvel pic THOR: RAGNAROK in a hush-hush role.

In a recent interview with the ShortList at Entertainment Weekly, Neill dropped the news, but couldn’t reveal too much about it.

“I’m not really allowed to say this and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor just before I came over here,” Neill said. He went on to say that he “had to sign all sorts of things. So if I say anything else, Marvel’s secret — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well.”

Neill is set to join an all-star cast which includes Chris Hemsworth reprising the titular role as well as Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. The franchise will also welcome newbies Cate Blanchett as the villanous Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge. Neill will also reunite with fellow Jurassic Park alum Jeff Goldblum who is set to star as The Grandmaster.

Story details for Thor: Ragnarok have been kept under wraps, but based on the title, it may follow the apocalypse from Norse mythology. During Marvel’s presentation at Comic-Con, hints were dropped about the inclusion of the Planet Hulk comic book story arc in the movie.

Waititi is currently filming with a script by Stephany Folsom. Kevin Feige is producing while executive are Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, and Stan Lee. The film is slated to open November 3, 2017.

Neill is best known for his role as Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park. He can be seen next in the thriller The Commuter with Vera Farmiga, Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, and Elizabeth McGovern.

He is repped by , , Shanahan Management, and Curtis Brown Group.


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