Thor director Kenneth Branagh recently took time out of filming to take part in an interview with Hero Complex. In the interview he spoke about combining the modern world with Asgard on-screen, debunked talk that Sir Anthony Hopkins was being difficult on set, and praised the cast. Kevin Feige also mentioned that there will be some surprises in Iron Man 2 that set up an unexpected bond to Captain America.
“It’s going very, very well,” Branagh said Wednesday. “We’re in New Meixco now where we have a contemporary Earth part of our story. I guess we’re two-thirds of the way through the story and at this stage of the game what’s surprising and delighting me is the way the cast, the ensemble, has fused together. It’s kind of an interesting combination of very young and very experienced people and the double-up of that, it seems to me, is there is a lot of fire in the movie. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it doesn’t try to be too solemn.”
Iron Man and Thor Branagh made a point to praise Hopkins as “an extraordinary actor with his Celtic passion and incredible technique” and said he has been a binding force for the film on the set and will do the same on the screen. The cast that plays Asgard’s royal family are “people who can embody larger-than-life characters but retain at the center a natural, recognizable, human dynamic … and these people run the universe.”
No word yet on when we will get our first look at Thor. I assume most of the ‘money shots’ will involve Godly duels, so it will be a while before the effects are trailer worthy.
Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellen Skarsgard, Kat Dennings and will be released on May 6th 2011.