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March 10, 2009

Thor may have found his Loki – Josh Hartnett

— Posted by Rodney

So today we already got wind that Kenneth Branagh’s leading pick for Thor appears to be Alexander Skarsgard, and now we catch wind of who might be playing off against Thor as his brother Loki, The God of Mischief. Josh Hartnett!


Who does Brannagh want to bring this evil character to life? Try Josh Hartnett. IESB sources say Hartnett has met with Brannagh as well and he is currently on a very short list to play the villain in the film.

Word is Josh and his camp are really interested because he has never played a villain before and after Heath Ledger’s Oscar win for the latest comic book villain, Hartnett is intrigued by the character.

I really hope he isn’t gunning for the role just because he hopes that a villain role in a hero flick is his best shot at an Oscar. That might be stretching it. Ledger didn’t get the gig by playing a villain in a superhero movie. He got the Oscar for just doing his damned job right!

But honestly I have no issues with Hartnett taking on the role. I think Loki is a great character, and I really hope to hell they dont make him all green spandex and horns. The best thing they can do with Loki is just making him charming with an evil smile. The guy can wear a suit and tie for all its worth.

I think Hartnett has the chops to pull it off.

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49 thoughts on “Thor may have found his Loki – Josh Hartnett

  1. i have my reservations, but i had my reservations with ledger too. so i’m optimistic and watching intensely…but im not going to scream oscar nom just yet.

  2. What is all this fascination that people seem to have with all these comic books made into movies? Now one of the greatest actors/producer/writers, Kenneth Branaugh is doing yet another comic book adaptations, someone tell me that I will awaken from this “comic book nightmare”!!! Give me a break!!

    • You mean the comic book nightmare where Hollywood is making successful and popular fantastic movies about great stories?

      I guess we should stop making movies about books then too. Damn them and their valid source of original ideas.

      But you know better? Perhaps we should elect you queen of hollywood so you can rule over which movies deserve screen time.

      Don’t like them? Vote with your dollar. Don’t go see them. Simple.

    • Well, it is the rage. If it was a season where deep sea monsters/aliens were in again like the late 80′s, H’wood would crank them out by the dozen. There’s more than enough hero hits, even if they didn’t please everyone, they make the cash flow. The merch connected to these C2F is a no brainer.

      Not to mention if Branaugh actually makes this a good, entertaining film.

      I don’t know if some actors sign on C2F projects because they like the characters or they are just out to take a job. When you hear that the late Heath may inspire his peers to be a party to such pictures, it sweetens the pot.

      Did Anna Paquin say to her True Blood co-star, “I was Rouge; You are Thor!” ? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t rule it out.

    • @Stacy
      West Texan Frankfurters!!!

      what do you mean “comic book nightmare”??? obviously you dont read comics, so stay off of it and keep your silly opinions to yourself.

      and its not fascination, its appreciation for great stories.

    • Alfie this isnt an issue of me liking comic book movies. Its an issue of this person thinking their personal preference should be the measuring stick by which all genres should be measured against.

      I am not a big fan of horror, but I don’t insist they stop making them. I don’t like “reality” cock kicking movies like Jackass, or the latest trend of spoof movies and as much as I wish they would stop making them I don’t pray for “the nightmare” to end. They have the right to make any movie they see fit, and people go to the ones they like.

      Its not for anyone else to decide for you or me.

      The “fascination”?

      Maybe its all the truckloads of money they make, maybe its that people like to see them, and maybe, JUST maybe these are stories some director wants to tell.

  3. So all the mid to late 90′s actors are going to try to portray comic villans? What’s next, Freddy Prinze Jr. to play Electro in Spider-Man 4?

  4. WHAT!!!??? LOKI!!!?????????

    first the penguin, then the mandarins rumored for ironman 2, NOW THIS!?

    whats next? mysterio for spiderman 4??

    • no, this is bullshit

      howcan you make a thor movie without imir and surtur? (maybe even ulik)

      maybe theyre doing this so they can do the act of vengance…which will be badass!! but i doubt thatll happen, its too good to happen

      i just think this guys lame…but if they make the act of revenge to set up the avengers movie then im down

  5. This reminds me of the time when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker. The only problem here is that Hartnett is not that great of an actor.

    • I don’t find Josh Hartnett to be that great of an actor, his ok but hasn’t done anything to make me go “whoa thats some good acting” and as for Sin City he was in that film for like 5 mins, i do like him in The Faculty though.

    • wow talk about some non thought of comments…..wtf heath ledger wasnt taken serious either when he was in his other craptastic flicks….sounds like u guys are just average people making average comments hahah

    • Check out Hartnett in Mozart and the Whale. That movie is good (not excellent), but Josh Hartnett gives a standout performance. He’s also one of the only good things about the movie Pearl Harbor. I have a feeling that he’s just never had the right vehicle, propelling him into greatness.
      [BTW ... I was initially unimpressed with Heath Ledger (i.e. The Patriot), but actors can grow in their craft ... obviously. Josh Hartnett may surprise us.]

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