‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Talks About Casting Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie

By July 18, 2016

Marvel’s casts just keep getting better and better and better with each of their new films, and one of their most promising ensembles at the moment belongs to Thor: Ragnarok, which just recently began filming, with Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth posting a variety of different, fun videos from the set. With that and Spider-Man: Homecoming next year as well, Marvel’s heading into its most interesting, and weirdest set of films yet.

One of the most exciting cast members in the film as well, is Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, who looks nothing like the character from the comics, but after a series of noticeable performances, has emerged as one of the most promising young talents in the industry right now.

While speaking recently with CBR as well, director Taika Waititi talked about casting Thompson in the role, and why he chose to throw the comic book aesthetic out the window this time around:

“Right from the start we wanted to diversify the cast, and it’s hard when you’re working with Vikings. [Laughs.] You want to be more inclusive and provide a broader representation. And at that point, you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. And then take it from there and go with your gut. Say, “You know what? None of that stuff matters. Just because the character was blonde and white in the comic book. That doesn’t matter. That’s not what [that character] is about.”

People forget that. Die-hard fans will say, “That’s not really authentic to the comics,” but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets. The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be — what do we even care?

I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job. And Tessa tested against — we cast a very broad net, and Tess was the best person.”

Marvel has been able to find the perfect balance when it comes to their films, knowing when to pay homage and stay faithful to the source material, and knowing when to make their own version of characters or storylines for the films. When it comes to Valkyrie and Thompson as well, the studio has not only been able to continue promoting onscreen diversity in their films, but they’ve also done it by casting one of the best young actresses working today.

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
  • David Johnson

    Valkyrie from the comic or the Actual Nordic Legends!

  • mopremtech

    yeah this decision is going to go over like a lead balloon