Patty Jenkins confirmed for Thor 2

Marvel Studios today confirmed that Patty Jenkins will be directing the Thor sequel, which was recently pushed back from July 13, 2013 to November 15, 2013.

In addition to announcing Jenkins as director Marvel confirmed Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will return to star in the film along with Tom Hiddleston.

Patty Jenkins directed Charlize Theron in Monster (for which Theron won an Oscar) and directed the pilot for AMC’s The Killing. Hiring a female director to take on a big budget sequel is a surprise move, but a welcomed one.

In a recent interview with Hero Complex Hemsworth approved of his new director, who is taking over from Kenneth Branagh.

“She has a great take on the story and a solid grasp on that kind of universe,” the Aussie actor said Wednesday on the set of “Snow White and the Huntsman” in eastern Wales.

Hemsworth said in his meeting with Jenkins she seemed like a filmmaker worthy of picking up the franchise’s cinematic hammer. “Branagh read every comic book he could get his hands on,” Hemsworth said. “She also looked like she had done her homework.”

Don Payne, co-writer of the first film and one of the writers on Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, is currently working on the script, and Marvel aim to begin shooting next April.