What We Do In The Shadows co-director Taika Waititi will take the helm of Thor: Ragnarok when production begins in Australia later this year, and he’s now revealed some very interesting new details about what we should expect from the movie.
He kicked off by addressing the chances of Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki. If you recall, when we last saw the God of Mischief he was sitting on the throne of Asgard disguised as Odin.
“At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’ Everyone loves that character.”
As for the recent rumours that Cate Blanchett is going to play Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, the filmmaker refused to comment about it, but did confirm that she’s indeed being lined up to join the movie’s cast:
“Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy. Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.”
Talk then turned to his take on “Ragnarok” and how literally we should take a title which indicates the end of both Thor and Asgard. From the sounds of things, it looks like Waititi has an original approach to the material which is going to shake up the franchise in a major way.
“Nobody knows what Ragnarok is. I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy! But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing. For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.”
That’s very intriguing, and with the mixed reception to the first two instalments in the franchise, it’s probably not a bad thing that the director intends to start from scratch. Hopefully he’ll deliver the kind of epic adventure which fans have been hoping for since day one.
We’ll find out more when Thor: Ragnarok is released next year, but as of now, we’re definitely very excited to see what Waititi brings to the franchise.