‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Casts Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban, Reveals New Characters

By May 20, 2016
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Pardon my language, but to put it simply, shit just got real.

Following several confirmed casting reports over the past few months, in addition to bringing What We Do in the Shadows co-director, Takai Waititi, on at the helm, Marvel Studios has officially announced the entire cast of Thor: Ragnarok, and who each of the new cast members will be playing.

The new cast members include Cate Blanchett as the villainous and mysterious, Hela, Tessa Thompson as the previously rumored Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum (yes, this is cause to freak out) as The Grandmaster, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner, and Karl Urban as Skurge.

In addition, the report also confirmed the return of several characters including Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. The film is set to hit theaters next year.

Marvel head, Kevin Feige, commented on the news with the following:

“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.”

The site also revealed the very first piece of concept art for the film as well:


A number of the cast members had already been announced to be in the film, with Blachett already rumored to be playing Hera and Thompson already rumored for Valkyrie as well. However, Goldblum only recently teased the possibility of him appearing in a superhero film, and it’s nice not only to see that promise come through, but also to see him coming back into the blockbuster mainstream again.

The Grandmaster is one of the ageless Elders of the Universe in the comics, who has mastered every civilizations’ game of skill and chance, and is described in the casting report as “eccentric,” a characteristic which fans know that Goldblum is more than capable of bringing to life on the big screen.

Urban’s Skurge is also known as The Executioner in the comics, a usual villain for Thor who wields a double-bladed battle axe, that he eventually sacrifices to stop the ship of the dead from arriving and delaying Ragnarok in the comics, giving his life on the bridge of Gjallerbru, so his fellow comrades could escape the forces of Hel. He is often used as a pawn by the Enchantress (who he falls in love with) and the trickster god, Loki, as well.

Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif was excluded from the press report interestingly enough, though the actress did recently tweet following the announcement, telling fans not to worry, so it’s possible they’re still waiting for her schedule to finalize before making the announcement of her return as well.

Already described as a buddy roadtrip movie across the universe between The Hulk and Thor, the film has all the makings to be not only the best film in the Thor trilogy, but also one of Marvel’s most ambitious to date as well. With a stacked cast like this, it’s hard not to be excited for the film, especially when you remember that Waititi is at the helm, who’s quickly become one of the most identifiable voices in the industry right now. Plus, who would have ever thought they’d see Cate Blanchett in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? As Feige points out, that alone would have normally been cause for celebration.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • http://www.thehyattguy.blogspot.com/ Joe

    What gives with Natalie and Samuel out of the picture for so long? (Also would love to see Clark Gregg make an appearance) I’m over the loss of Ed Norton and Terrance Howard, but this is still a splinter in an otherwise awesome cinematic universe.