October 30, 2009 03:50:21 GMT
The actor famed for his role as cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter reportedly has joined the cast of the Kenneth Branagh-directed superhero film.
Anthony Hopkins has taken a leap from being a cannibalistic serial killer to be a Marvel Universe god. According to Variety, the actor who received an Academy Award for his Dr. Hannibal Lecter portrayal in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs" has come on board the forthcoming Marvel's adaptation, "Thor".
The publication claimed that the 71-year-old has signed on to star as Odin, the father of the titular character as well as of Thor's half-brother and nemesis, Loki. The co-star of Benicio del Toro in "The Wolfman", thus, is expected to share screen with Chris Hemsworth, who will play Thor, and Tom Hiddleston, who is set to take on Loki.
"Thor" is an epic adventure that spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. The story centers on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, who is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans after his reckless actions reignite an ancient war. He later learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Natalie Portman stars as Thor's first love Jane Foster, Jaimie Alexander is also brought in to play skilled Asgardian warrior Sif, and Colm Feore is expected to take on a villain whose identity remains a secret. Stellan Skarsgard has also been reported to have joined the cast in an unspecified role. Paramount Pictures is set to distribute it in U.S. theaters on May 20, 2011.