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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Daniel Craig Offered, But Declined, Lead Role In ‘Thor’?

Published by Rick Marshall

Daniel CraigSure, we heard the rumors that current James Bond lead Daniel Craig was considered for the title role in “Thor,” but we didn’t think they were legit. One man playing both the smooth, international man of mystery and Marvel Comics’ Norse god of kicking magical villains’ butts? Not a chance.

Well, it looks like the rumors were not only true, but Craig was actually offered the role by Marvel Studios at one point.

During a recent “Quantum of Solace” press event, Craig revealed that Marvel did indeed approach him to play Thor, but he turned the role down. According to IESB, Craig said he declined the part because it would have been “too much of a power trip” to play both Bond and Thor.

As skeptical as we were about the casting, it does eliminate one more name from the pool of potential actors who could be wielding Thor’s magical hammer, Mjolnir, in July 2010. In fact, there’s been very little official news about the film thus far. The most recent reports have Mark Protosevich polishing the film’s script, and rumors that Kenneth Branagh will direct “Thor” have yet to be confirmed (even though he’s already cleared his schedule for the project).

So who would you like to see play Thor? Would Daniel Craig have been able to pull it off? What about Loki, Odin or the rest of Marvel’s Norse gods — who should play them?

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