Thor finally gets a director, maybe

After director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) bailed out to helm Kick-Ass and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) threw his name in the mix, another filmmaker is now attached to Marvel Studios’ forthcoming adaptation of the comic book Thor, one that is the most unusual and the most interesting.

Indeed it’s none other than Northern Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing), who is probably being sought for his strong affinity with shakespearean themes, which are apparently prominent in the comic. If this pans out, I’m convinced Branagh could churn out an amazing film.

Thor will be firmly set in the same continuity as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and other forthcoming Marvel films, and like those movies will lead into the planned 2011 The Avengers movie. Thor will be released in 2010. The screenplay was written by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend).

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Cast member added to Kick-Ass

Clark Duke (ABC Family’s Greek) has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust) forthcoming independently-funded adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Wanted) comic book Kick-Ass. He will play Marty, the hero’s best friend.

About 17, a chubby Caucasian high school student who loves comic books. He is Dave’s funny best friend. Together with Dave and Todd, he loves to go to comic book stores, and checks out the latest issues, while talking about school, girls, the futility of teenaged life, and the exciting adventures of Myspace insta-celebrity Kickass. He never suspects that Kickass is in fact Dave Lizewski — and neither would you if you knew Dave.

Duke thus joins Aaron Johnson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Lyndsy Fonseca (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and Chloe Moretz (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money) in the movie, set for 2009. See a side-by-side comparision of characters and actors here. Meanwhile, you can catch Duke in the funny-looking Sex Drive, premiering October 16th in the Netherlands (?) and a day later in the US.

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Mark Millar discusses his plans for the Superman reboot

Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar (Wanted) has made it clear penning the recently announced Superman reboot (more about that here) would be a dream come true, and that he already has a trilogy planned and a famous unnamed director on his side. Now Millar goes into a little more detail with his vision, including the fact that the “big deal director” apparently won’t make the movie unless he writes it, and his idea to shoot the films back-to-back, Lord Of The Rings style.

“A director approached me about three months ago, and he said ‘look, The Man Of Steel might not be happening. If that doesn’t happen, it’s been spoken about the possibility of me coming in, would you like to write it?’ And I was like Yeah.”

“I’ve had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a big Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. And hopefully release them one year after another. If it works out, we’ll have to start shooting next summer.”

I still think the reboot should either follow Smallville‘s eight season with Tom Welling continuing his role on the big screen or feature Brandon Routh once again as the “Man Of Steel”. But all I really care about is that they get the franchise on its feet, and if Millar’s the guy for the job, then why not? He certainly cares about the character enough.

View G4‘s full interview, including talk of the forthcoming adaptation of Kick-Ass by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust), after the jump.

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