Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston reports that actor Brian Blessed will play Odin in "Thor," the film adaptation of Marvel's Thunder God. If his report pans out, Blessed will join the ranks of Tom Hiddleston, previously cast as Loki, which adds yet another layer of Shakespearean credibility to the comic book flick.
Blessed is a regular fixture in Branagh's directorial work, having provided substantial roles in "Henry V," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Hamlet" and "As You Like It." The actor has also played the leading role in "King Lear," a Shakespeare-written play that Blessed's would-be co-star Hiddleston recently referenced himself.
In the "Thor" comic books, Odin is the ruler of Asgard and father to Thor and Loki, though Loki is his adopted son. The all-powerful Odin decides that Thor needs to be taught humility, and thusly casts the Thunder God down to Earth where he inhabits the body of Donald Blake, a medical student, without any knowledge of his godly past.
Without confirmation from Marvel, it should be noted that Blessed's involvement in "Thor" is purely speculative at this point. Johnston, however, has a solid track record of reporting accurate industry scuttlebutt, proven through his recently ended Lying in the Gutters column at Comic Book Resources.
Combine that history with Blessed's previous working relationship with Branagh -- and not to mention Blessed's own resemblance to the massive, bearded Odin -- it's looking likely that the British thespian will be joining the Marvel movieverse.
Do you believe the rumor that Brian Blessed will play Odin? Do you think it's a good fit for the actor?