Warrior or villain?

Cate Blanchett in talks for lead role in Marvel’s “Thor”

Cast member Cate Blanchett arrives at the Gala screening of the film "Carol" during the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Festival at Leicester Square in London, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth - RTS4HKM

Variety is reporting that Cate Blanchett, fresh off a Best Actress nomination for the Golden Globes, is currently in talks for a possible lead role in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in a series based on the Avenger and Asgardian god of thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth. What We Do in the Shadows‘ Taika Waititi has already been confirmed as director of the movie, which will also feature Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Tom Hiddleston as the villain Loki. It would not be the first time Blanchett will venture into the world of fantasy (and geeks), as she has previously played Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, and the evil stepmother in Disney’s live-action Cinderella. Which role Blanchett would be taking on in this movie is not yet clear, but The Independent suggests it would likely be one of two female characters that are rumored to be introduced in Ragnarok: Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, or villain Amora the Enchantress. That last one is a sorceress who “only ever uses her powers for selfish gains, and whose beauty is utilized to seduce men into her service,” which would be “the more likely role for Blanchett’s mesmerizing screen presence”, according to the newspaper. Whether the rumors are true not, fan-boys and -girls will have to be patient: the movie is currently scheduled to premiere on November 3, 2017.

Read the full story at Variety and The Independent.

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