Marvel provided a casting update on the upcoming Thor sequel Thor: Ragnarok. In its update, several rumors have been confirmed and we get additional cast members announced.
Returning to the fold of course is Chris Hemsworth as Thor. He will be joined by Tom Hiddelston as Loki (in his final appearance?), Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin. We already knew that Natalie Portman would not be returning as Jane Foster, but oddly missing from the list is Jamie Alexander who previously confirmed she would be back as Lady Sif for the movie. Hmnn.
A few rumored new castmembers to the movie have been confirmed. Cate Blanchett was said to be in talks to be in the movie, and sure enough she will be playing the villain Hela. Another rumor confirmed is the role that Tessa Thompson will be playing: Valkyrie.
Karl Urban (Judge Dredd & Star Trek reboots) was added to the cast as Skurge, aka Executioner. With both Executioner and Hela in Ragnarok, will we see at least some elements from the classic Thor storyline in which Thor lead an army to free souls from Niflheim?
Skurge (upper right) on the cover of Thor#362
Also added to the cast is Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) as "the eccentric" Grandmaster. In the comics, Grandmaster did not play a signficant role in the Thor title. He did appear in a couple of Thor annuals (#6, #17). Interestingly in Thor Annual #6, the predecessors to another Marvel Cinematic Universe property did appear, the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
Perhaps Grandmaster has a hand in Hulk's appearance in Thor: Ragnarok? Mark Ruffalo was also listed in the casting announcement, reprising his role as Hulk/Bruce Banner. The appearance of the Hulk is the only real clue we have of what the Taika Waititi directed movie will be about, which is described as a cosmic romp of a buddy movie.
Marvel also released a piece of concept art from Thor: Ragnarok which features the silhouette of Hela:
Thor: Ragnarok will wage war on theater screens November 3, 2017.