Alexander Skarsgard was on the list of potential Thor’s. He met with director Kenneth Branagh and even held the hammer, however last month Marvel decided that Chris Hemsworth was their man. MTV got the chance to speak to him about it, and while he is obviously a bit disappointed, meeting with the Marvel guys may land him a different role in the future:
“Yeah, I met with [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director [Kenneth Branagh],” the affable Skarsgard admitted when asked about rumors that he was one of the last people cut before Chris Hemsworth was chosen to play the Norse god of thunder. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”
The casting process got so far along, in fact, that Skarsgard — who plays Eric Northman, a secretive vampire Sheriff on “True Blood” — even filmed an audition in the complete Thor costume, hammer and all.
“Yeah,” he remembered of slipping into the hero’s threads. “That was pretty fun.”
But, even though he ultimately lost the role to Hemsworth, Skarsgard told me that he’ll keep an open mind and remain hopeful to someday land another comic-book-based role. And, since Feige has made recent statements saying that the people he met during the “Thor” auditions could be brought back for other Marvel roles, we might still see him in Spandex and a cowl someday.
“It depends on the circumstances,” Skarsgard said of possible roles in “Captain America” or beyond. “It’s pretty hard to say [whether I’d take another comic role]. It depends on the circumstances – who the director is, and what the character is. But of course [I’d be interested in looking into it]. I think it’s every little boy’s dream; it would be a person’s dream to play an action hero.”
I think Marvel made the right decision, however it must have been a touch choice as I could easily see Skarsgard in the role.