Casting rumor of 'Thor' is spreading wild with the latest placing Josh Hartnett as the possible actor to take on the villainous role of Loki, Thor's half-brother and archenemy.
While words about Alexander Skarsgard on the run for "Thor" title role are circulating, another casting speculation for the superhero movie is building up, linking Josh Hartnett to the villain character. According to IESB, the "Black Hawk Down" actor is on the "short-list" to star as Thor's half-brother and archenemy, Loki.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, IESB reported that the 30-year-old actor has met director Kenneth Branagh for the part. If Hartnett is indeed considered for the baddie role, Loki would be his first villain character in the big screen. He is said to be interested in playing the character after Heath Ledger won 2009 Oscars for his role as Joker in "The Dark Knight".
Of the villain role itself, Loki has been described in the comics as Thor's adopted brother. Having a smaller stature, he grows up to be jealous of the attention given to Thor. He then develops interest in sorcery and ultimately uses his skill to pursue a greater power. He is known as the "God of Lies and Mischief" and later the "God of Evil".
This Josh Hartnett's casting speculation came after Latino Review broke out that Stellan Skarsgard's son Alexander Skarsgard could be Kenneth Branagh's first choice to play the title role after the two were spotted having dinner together. Since the report about Alexander's part in the film is yet to be proven true, IESB added to the mix, "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" star Channing Tatum, suggesting Tatum is also up for the titular role.
Adaptation of the comicbook franchise that launched in 1962, "Thor" will be set in modern time, following the story of disabled medical student Donald Blake, whose alter ego is a hammer-wielding Norse god Thor. Paramount Pictures will distribute this superhero film, which script is provided by screenwriter Mark Protosevich, in theaters across the U.S. on July 16, 2010.