By the time director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) debuts it will have been a long five years since the God of Asgard’s last solo adventure in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). Although, “solo” is somewhat of an absurdity in the days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters from the franchise frequently featuring in other movies and even television shows.
The cast for the newest Thor outing is already pretty stacked but a new addition to the cast may have just been leaked from a rather surprising location.
Earlier this month, Marvel Studios disrupted the universe once again when it shifted most of its Phase 4 movie slate in 2022 and 2023. Projects like Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) were some of those affected, with the Doctor Strange sequel opening the summer box office on May 6 instead of March 25.
Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels (2022) also jumped from 2022 to 2023 while two project slots that were heavily rumored to be for the MCU reboot of the Blade franchise as well as for Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3 are no longer on the schedule. Deadpool 3‘s status in the MCU is further challenged by the fact the leading man has recently announced an acting sabbatical. However, bear in mind that Kevin Feige’s studio has not issued official statements on these Blade and Deadpool 3 reports.
Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder is one of the Marvel blockbusters set to shake things up. With an almost rebranding of the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, following the more serious Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), Waititi’s eccentric and colorful film boasted a huge cast, and that is set to continue in the fourth Marvel movie.
Chris Hemsworth is back as the titular Avenger, Thor in the movie. He will be joined by Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/Mighty Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), and Christian Bale as the villain, Gorr the God Butcher.
Following the end of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Marvel fans knew that it was inevitable for the Guardians of the Galaxy to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin Obfonteri) have all been confirmed for the film. No word yet as to whether Zoe Saldana (Gamora) or Tom Hiddleston (Loki) will reprise their roles.
Now, a new piece of information about the movie has surfaced stemming from an unusual source.
Sharing to Imgur, user @dukeslh, showed a Playbill for the Broadway production of Sam Mendes’ The Lehman Trilogy at the Nederlander Theater which came to New York following an acclaimed run at London’s National Theatre. Per the photos, it can be seen that Thor: Love and Thunder is included under Simon Russell Beale’s (Penny Dreadful) film credits.
Upon checking the Broadway production’s website, this credit is not listed which begs the question of whether Thor: Love and Thunder will be removed in future Playbill printings. Sir Simon Russell Beale is an acclaimed actor with a career spanning film, television, and theater. For his work in the latter, he has received three Laurence Olivier Awards out of a total of 10 nominations and a Tony Award nomination for his work in Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers (2004). For The Lehman Trilogy, Beale (Henry Lehman) is joined by Adam Godley (Mayer Lehman) and Adrian Lester (Emmanuel Lehman).
Despite Beale’s impressive career, his inclusion in Thor: Love and Thunder may not be a starring role; that is, Thor: Ragnarok included A-list talent in cameo roles. For Thor: Love and Thunder, fans already know that Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth are back as Asgardian actors playing Loki, Odin, and Thor, respectively. Melissa McCarthy is also joining Thor: Love and Thunder as Hela and Russell Crowe will play Zeus, although in what capacity remains unclear.
The MCU has already given fans the shock of the decade when it released the Multiverse in all of its glory in Kate Herron and Michael Waldron’s Loki, seemingly changing the future of the Marvel universe forever. But this real-life shocker that fans will have to wait even longer to see their favorite characters back on the big screens just increases anticipation for the upcoming slate.
Thor: Love and Thunder will release (hopefully) on July 8, 2022, amid all the other delayed Marvel movies.
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