Jeff Goldblum opens up about his role in Thor: Ragnarok
Jeff Goldblum has opened up about the plans for his role in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
Goldblum has been cast as The Grandmaster, one of the elders of the Marvel universe, a role that will most likely see him turning up in more than one movie.
Asked by Empire about the role of The Grandmaster, the actor said: ""He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker, an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching."
He continued: "[Taika Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!"
As well as Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Creed star Tessa Thompson, Dredd's Karl Urban and Mark Ruffalo are all new additions to the cast for Thor's third solo outing. They join a returning Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins and Jaime Alexander.
Blanchett will play the movie's villain Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, who is based on the Norse goddess, Hel, Thompson will play Valkyrie, a new love interest for Thor, who is based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr, with Urban playing Skurge, a fearsome warrior.
Speaking about the casting, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige said: "The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet."
He continued: "The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible."
The movie, which will be directed by Taika Waititi, best known for his work writing and directing Flight Of The Conchords and vampire spoof What We Do In The Shadows, is due to hit cinemas in on October 27th in 2017.