‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Begins Production in Australia on July 4th

By June 7, 2016

It was just over two weeks ago when we heard about some pretty significant additions to the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, including Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. Director Taika Waititi has been gearing up for his first major studio tentpole, and a new report indicates that production will officially commence on July 4th in Australia.

The news comes via The Advertiser, who confirms that Thor: Ragnarok will be based at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, and will shoot until October. Marvel Studios executive David Maisel also revealed that the filmmakers are hoping to get local talent involved in the process, and that opportunities would exist for “hundreds and hundreds of local folk — as many as we can possibly get while we are there.”

Interestingly enough, The Advertiser also states that Sir Anthony Hopkins will reprise his role as Odin in the film – this isn’t entirely unexpected, but it just seems odd that Marvel has remained silent on Hopkins’ involvement in the feature. Naturally, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will also return as Thor and Loki, respectively.

Speaking with fans during a recent appearance at Wizard World Philadelphia, Hemsworth promised that Thor: Ragnarok would offer something very different than the previous films:

“Man, it is a lot of fun… I think tonally it’s a big shift in a great way, more than anything we’ve seen before. Taika Waititi, the director, if you know any of his work, he’s just an incredible sort of comedic talent, a lot of heart in everything he does… But you know it’s a very different Thor, it’s a different Loki… We go off on another world that we haven’t experienced before… It’s fun, you know, but that’s me skirting around the issue because I can’t say too much.”

Hiddleston also teased some more interaction between Loki and a certain green-skinned Avenger that will be appearing in the film:

“Let’s not forget that it’s no secret that the Hulk shows up in Ragnarok, and the last time Loki and Hulk were in the same room [things] didn’t go very well for Loki. So, he’s got a few chips on his shoulder, but it’s fun. You’ll see.”

Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3, 2017.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).