Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearian Thor

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Kenneth Branagh directs one of 2011's most successful films in this epic fantasy action adventure based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the title name. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor's father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to Earth, where he's forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Thor's new home, he learns what it takes to be a true hero. Rounding out the superb cast of Thor are actors Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo & Stellan Skarsgard.

October 11th, 2010

Kenneth Branagh believes 'Thor' is like a Shakespeare play.

The actor-and-director - best known for his adaptations of Shakespeare's plays - says he took on the job of directing the forthcoming superhero movie, because it reminded him of the English playwright's works.

He explained: "I read the script and saw an epic adventure with, at the centre, human dynamics- which for me is what really works in comics. I looked at the relationships and saw brothers, mother, father and sons: the tight royal circle.

"When you get down to it, this is pure Shakespeare it's a great drama about familial problems concerning those who possess great power."

The 49-year-old star admitted he has harboured the dream of working on 'Thor' - since he read the comics as a child.

He said: "It was Thor itself rather than an urge to tackle comics per se. I have a very clear memory of seeing the comic on a shelf as a child in Belfast. I had this image of Thor: a big primitive man, with something of a Viking licence about him, and a space traveller who moves between worlds. I thought it could be a pretty exhilarating film and I wondered if I would be good at it."

'Thor' is due for release in May 2011.

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