Kenneth Branagh to direct the movie Thor?

Months have passed since word spread that Marvel was courting Kenneth Branagh to direct their upcoming big screen re-launch of one of their most favored heroes, Thor. But so far, a peep from Branagh is yet to be heard. MTV News caught up with the actor/filmmaker and asked him about the project.

“I am directing ‘Thor’ or ‘The Mighty Thor’ as you might like to call it,” he said with a smile before clarifying what the title of the upcoming film will be. “I think it will be ‘Thor’.”

Other writers have voiced out about why Branagh would be such a good fit for the hero. But what did Branagh find appealing about this project? “To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures,” he said with enthusiasm.

“There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way,” he continued excitedly.

So who is most likely to play Branagh’s hero? There were rumors about Kevin McKidd being up for the role of Thor, but the director simply waved it off as premature speculation.

“There’s been lots of talk [about casting] --- I sound like a politician --- but we are too early at this stage. We’re getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is still early to tell.”
Just because Branagh hasn’t worked on a project of this scale since “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” fear not. This “Thor” promises to live up to its name as large as the character would seem to call out for. “It’s a chance to tell a big story on a big scale,” said Branagh. “It’s a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario”

Branagh’s been keeping mum for the most part, but do you like what he has to say so far? Is he the best director for “Thor”?