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Subj: Kevin Feige speaks - looks like we are getting closer to major casting announcements
Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:06:05 pm EDT (Viewed 208 times)
Marvel Studios Chief Teases â€˜Thorâ€™ Casting Announcements, Updates â€˜The Avengersâ€™ Status!
If Kenneth Branaghâ€™s recent comments on â€œThorâ€ werenâ€™t enough to electrify you, how about some words from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige..?
As the president of production, Feige is bound to know a thing or two about where the comic book films are headed â€” and heâ€™s proving it with some recent updates on â€œThorâ€ and â€œThe Avengers.â€
â€œWe will probably be having cast announcements in the next month or so on â€˜Thor,â€™â€ Feige told Empire Online of the hammer-wielding superheroâ€™s upcoming movie. â€œWeâ€™re looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role.â€
Rumors have circulated for months that Josh Hartnett is the frontrunner for Loki, while Natalie Portman is being courted for the still unidentified female lead â€” so itâ€™s nice to hear that weâ€™ll know just how true those reports are in a matter of weeks.
Feige also confirmed yesterdayâ€™s statement from Kenneth Branagh that filming on â€œThorâ€ will begin early next year. The Marvel chief has nothing but kind words for Branagh, who he says is already hard at work on the film.
â€œBranaghâ€™s here, weâ€™re prepping, and heâ€™s putting together some spectacular animatics already for our first action scene,â€ Feige said. â€œWeâ€™re digging into the second and third now, and we are just embarking on a rewrite of the draft.â€
In addition to his comments on â€œThor,â€ Feige offered some new information about the forthcoming superhero team-up flick â€œThe Avengers,â€ saying that â€œIncredible Hulkâ€ screenwriter Zak Penn will write the screenplay.
â€œZak Penn is already on board â€˜The Avengersâ€™ [as writer] and heâ€™s spending a lot of his time looking into what weâ€™re doing with â€˜Iron Man,â€™ â€˜Thorâ€™ and â€˜Captain America,â€™ seeing how weâ€™re tying it all together,â€ said Feige. â€œAnd heâ€™s beginning to outline the script now â€” heâ€™ll be doing that over the summer.â€
In addition to â€œIncredible Hulk,â€ Penn is responsible for plenty of comic book fare, including â€œX2: X-Men United,â€ â€œX-Men: The Last Stand,â€ â€œFantastic Fourâ€ and â€œElektra.â€
Are you psyched to hear that weâ€™ll be getting â€œThorâ€ casting news in the next month? Is Zak Penn the right man for â€œThe Avengersâ€ script?
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