Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is in talks to join the cast of the third installment of the Marvel movie franchise Thor, says her co-star and Marvel’s Hulk Mark Ruffalo. “I saw her at the Governors’ banquet and heard that maybe she was circling, they were talking to her about the part, so I ran up to her and I was like, ‘Please, please, please make this work!’ She’s just one of the best, and to have her play a baddie is going to be really exciting,” Mark, 48, said.
Speaking to chat show host Jimmy Kimmel recently, Blanchett joked she was actually taking over the role of Thor from fellow Australian Chris Hemsworth. “Chris Hemsworth is busy, so I’ve been working out,” she had quipped.
When Jimmy had asked: “Is that confirmation, or are you dodging the question?”, Cate replied: “No, I’m not dodging the question! They’re just substituting one Australian for another. Gender equality! Why can’t you have a female Thor?”
Blanchett, having just received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Carol, would be making her first major comic book role in Ragnarok. Blanchett has earlier appeared in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.
While female antagonists have played supporting roles on Marvel TV and on the film side, we’ve yet to see a lead villain be a female character. That’s going to change with Thor: Ragnarok. The third Thor film sees Chris Hemsworth return as the titular Asgardian God of Thunder, joined this time by his Earthly brute ally Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and will introduce Marvel’s first major female movie villain.