As if the cast of “Thor : Ragnarok” wasn’t cool enough – what with Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston – we can now add Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban to the mix.
Oscar Winner Blanchett will play the powerful villainess Hela, Goldblum (back in blockbuster territory from this year, thanks to “Independence Day : Resurgence”) is the “eccentric” The Grandmaster, “Creed” actress Thompson is Valkyrie, leader of the Valkyrior, and “Star Trek” alum Urban is the bad guy Skurge.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige says of the new casting : “The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet. The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.”
Taika Waititi directs the movie, due out July 28, 2017.