Kenneth Branagh wants to direct Thor

Who’s the least likely person you’d consider a candidate for directing Marvel’s Thor? If you said Kenneth Branagh, you’re in for a surprise: he’s busy negotiating to take the job.

No we’re not kidding - Branagh is in talks with Marvel about handling the film, according to Variety .

The current script, written by Mark Protosevich, is roughly based on a more modern take on Thor, which found disabled medical student Donald Blake assuming a dual identity with the super-powered figure and helping him return to his full strength with a renewed purpose.

“A God Realising His True Potential”

Protosevich has described his take on the tale as “like a superhero origin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It's the story of an Old Testament god who becomes a New Testament god”.

For a long time, Matthew Vaughn was in the big chair, but ultimately left the project.

While Branagh seems like a strange choice, he has at least handled action before with Henry V. And if anyone is concerned, think back to how you felt when you heard Chris Nolan would direct Batman. These things can turn out well.

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