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Marvel Studios announced today that Thor has begun principal photography. I guess the loss of Stuart Townsend wasn’t exactly a crushing blow. If only they’d replaced him with Viggo Mortensen.
Nearly as hilarious as Townsend’s last-minute departure from yet another movie is the one-liner delivered by Dark Horizons head honcho Garth Franklin while covering this same story on Twitter: “Thor Begins Principal Photography - sadly no pics of Portman 'feeling the thunder' as it were.” If only.
Here’s the full, official press release from Marvel announcing the start of most marginally anticipated upcoming superhero movie:
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography on the highly anticipated feature film THOR directed by Kenneth Branagh. In THOR, Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Additionally, the studio has cast Academy Award® winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore, Kat Dennings and award-winning actor Stellan Skarsgård. The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.