Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Portman’

Thor – he hit you with big hammer

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Marvel are busy preparing the next step in their quest for onscreen superhero domination with the production of Thor. The film is currently still in the pre-production phases with filming set to begin in January 2010. The release date is set for 20th May 2011, but that will no doubt change as we get into it.

For those of you you (like me) who don’t know a whole lot of about Thor and his story I’ve included a bit of comic lore:

Thor’s father, Odin, decides that his son needs to be taught a bit of humility and so places him (without any memory of his godly awesomeness) into the body and memories of a partially disabled human medical student – Donald Blake. After becoming a doctor and believing himself to be the young surgeon¬†Blake, he discovers Thor’s disguised hammer and learns to transform himself back into the Thunder God. His abilities include: superhuman strength, speed and durability. His hammer also enables flight, energy absorption and projection, weather manipulation and dimensional transportation.

Sounds like a pretty run of the mill backstory to me. So who’s involved at this point? Well the film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, a little strange I’ll admit. I’m just hoping that he has the character to put together a kick ass superhero film. Some of the actors who are confirmed at this stage include: Natalie Portman (as Jane Foster, a nurse employed by Blake/Thor), Chris Hemworth (as Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury), Anthony Hopkins (as Odin), ¬†and a couple of others who I don’t feel like mentioning.

I’ll admit I’m not hugely excited by the prospect of this film. It’s mostly because I’ve never experienced the Thor comics. But then again I had the exact same thoughts about Iron Man before it was released, and that totally rocked. So let’s hope Branagh can manufacture the same kind of magic.


Pride and Prejudice… and Zombies?

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

So you’ve read the title of this post and you’re probably thinking – ‘Somebody has played one too many games of rugby sans a scrum cap’. But you’re wrong. This post is 100% legitimate.

Apparently Natalie Portman is set to star in and produce Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of Seth Graham-Smith’s novel that mashed up zombies with Jane Austen’s original text. For a run down of the book click here. Little else is known about the film project at this point in time but let’s be honest – it sounds awesome. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this one, and I’ll let you know when there’s more info available.