SCOOP: THOR 2 to Begin Production in January 2012; Otherworldly Characters Set to Return
Though director Kenneth Branagh's replacement in the upcoming sequel has yet to be named, sources close to the production have revealed to us that the project is scheduled to begin filming early next year.
Chris Hemsworth will reprise his larger than life role as Marvel Studios' God of Thunder in Thor 2 which is tentatively scheduled for theatrical release on July 28th, 2013. Director Kenneth Branagh -- who garnered much praise for his dedication to the first film -- is not attached to return. Screenwriter Don Payne, who was one of the contributors to the Thor script, has been hired to produce a treatment for the sequel.
We've recently learned that Thor 2 is being geared to begin filming in early January 2012. Also, actors Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Idris Elba (who play Volstagg, Fandrall, Sif, Hogun and Heimdall, respectively) will have major parts in the film. Supposedly, Thor 2 will not feature a return to Earth but will instead explore several other of the Nine Realms including Hel.
There's no word yet whether Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins or Natalie Portman are slated to return as well.