Last week, Marvel revealed the full cast listing for next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, which will be helmed by What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. The press release confirmed a few casting rumors that had been circulating for months, but also brought forth a couple of surprise additions, including Dredd star Karl Urban as Skurge.
Urban is obviously no stranger to comic book films, and he also knows his way around huge studio blockbusters with pop culture appeal, having portrayed Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek franchise. So why did he want to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Speaking to IGN, the veteran actor discussed his decision to come aboard another franchise:
“When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of.”
In most of his comic book appearance, Skurge has been portrayed as a villain, a hulking brute with a double-bladed axe that has often found himself on the opposite end of the battlefield from Thor. But in Walt Simonson’s acclaimed run on Thor in the 1980s, Skurge joined forces with the Thunder God to stave off the destruction of their homeworld. It remains to be seen whether or not Thor: Ragnarok will utilize Skurge as an ally or adversary, but either way, Urban seems enthusiastic about his involvement:
“The character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on Thor: Ragnarok.”
Production on Thor: Ragnarok is slated to begin soon, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the titular God of Thunder. Mark Ruffalo will also be showing up as Bruce Banner and his burly green alter-ego, with Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson and Jeff Goldblum rounding out the cast.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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