Thor may have found his Loki – Josh Hartnett

So today we already got wind that Kenneth Branagh’s leading pick for Thor appears to be Alexander Skarsgard, and now we catch wind of who might be playing off against Thor as his brother Loki, The God of Mischief. Josh Hartnett!

Who does Brannagh want to bring this evil character to life? Try Josh Hartnett. IESB sources say Hartnett has met with Brannagh as well and he is currently on a very short list to play the villain in the film.

Word is Josh and his camp are really interested because he has never played a villain before and after Heath Ledger’s Oscar win for the latest comic book villain, Hartnett is intrigued by the character.

I really hope he isn’t gunning for the role just because he hopes that a villain role in a hero flick is his best shot at an Oscar. That might be stretching it. Ledger didn’t get the gig by playing a villain in a superhero movie. He got the Oscar for just doing his damned job right!

But honestly I have no issues with Hartnett taking on the role. I think Loki is a great character, and I really hope to hell they dont make him all green spandex and horns. The best thing they can do with Loki is just making him charming with an evil smile. The guy can wear a suit and tie for all its worth.

I think Hartnett has the chops to pull it off.

  • SKARSGARD FOR ASGARD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The other characters in this movie such as “The Warriors Three” can easily be cast as follows: Fandral(Kenneth Branaugh),Volstagg(Brendan Gleeson),& Hoggun(Josh Brolin). A sub-story with the Warriors Three should definately be present and the main anatagonist or villain for them should be “Malekith” The Dark Elf.Baldur should be played by Vladimir Kulich(kind of an older Thor) who would be a legendary and valiant warrior but somewhat burnt out who can still kick serious ass if he has too. Loki should also brutally betray Malekith if they should happen to join forces in the movie.There are a few actors that can pull off Odin but I think that Anthony Hopkins would do the best job.Lets face it there will have to be plenty of CGI in this movie including “300”esque tweeking for most actors’ physiques & a reverse “LOTR”esque tweeking for height and stature.All Asgardians are a least 6 Feet tall or taller including the females.Thor stands a towering 6foot 6inches and somewhat taller and bigger than most Asgardians though.You can not have a 5″4′ 114 lbs woman to play opposite Thor(Skarsgard) as lady Sif unless her stature is tweaked otherwise it would look ridiculous!!!!Lady Sif is an Asgardian Warrior not a dwarf or halfling.I would prefer an unknown actress that looks similar to Kate Bekingsale but has closer to Sif’s stature to play the role.Adrian Brody is an Academy Award winning actor(Josh Hartnett isn’t)& Branaugh needs to lean towards him for the role of Loki.Adrian Brody has never played a serious villain to my knowledge & I’m sure his performance would be epic.Brody just looks eerily similar to Loki facially & physique wise.To watch Brody’s innocent look take the face of pure evil would be the right thing for this movie.

  • ulik

    The only villain that Josh Hatnett should be allowed to play is a rather unknown villain named “Malekith” The Dark Elf.Hartnett could bring that character to life also the fact that all elven species are generally handsome beings which Josh Hartnett has great features for that character not for Loki. Loki must have an innocent and friendly look from first glance with an sinister and evil heart under that innocent smile that slowly turns to an eerie & evil smile. Adrian Brody is the only actor that comes to mind who is a spitting im age of Loki and could pull of such sneakiness to fool even Odin to take him in

    • Thor is “unknown” enough without having to drag even MORE obscure enemies out for him.

      You know they are going to go with Loki. Anyone who only knows a tiny bit about Thor knows he fights Loki.

    • It is obvious that Loki will be the villian or at least should be obvious he will be the MAIN villain.Keep in mind though that there are other other villains(ej.The Enchantress) & other species in the nine worlds such as dwarves,elves,ogres,giants,& demons.There is no way they can not tell how mjolnir was constructed without talking about the dwarves,no way they introduce Loki without frost giants,no way they can talk about Ragnarok without demons,and to have “The Warriors Three” around just for camp & comedy relief only, would hurt this movie greatly.They should be kicking some ass too aside from being funny.

  • Blo

    Ohh crap… Ledger was a real super wicked kick-ass super-vilain in Batman and I thought so at the very beginning…

    ..but Hartnett as Loki is like Rainbow Brite as Terminator..

    think again..

  • Meli

    Hmmm…my first reaction is NO! Then I let myself think about it and I’m still not keen on the idea, but it could be worse! We could get wind that Paul Walker is up for the role, doh! I’m not a fan of Josh Harnett the only movie I thought he carried well was Lucky Number Slevin. I would rather see a stronger actor, perhaps lesser known, get the role.

    • jamesmrj

      I also thought he did well in Luck Number Slevin. Whether I think he’ll do well as Loki…I’m undecided. Though, in regards to him never playing a villain, didn’t he play one in the horrible update of Othello (I think it was titled O) ?

  • Ahem.

    Thor is my guy. Always was, as a teenager. ‘Back in the day’. LOL

    Loki cannot be done with an American accent.

    In fact NONE of the Thor characters that are from Asgard can be done by anyone using anything but a standard ‘Received Pronunciation’ British stage accent.

    Snob? Yup. You don’t have a Brit play Jesse James with anything but a contemporary American ‘western’ accent…you don’t have Yanks playing elves in LOTR…and you don’t have one playing what is maybe the ultimate scene-chewing role of Loki.

    Now; where’s my Mjolnir…?

    • Iknewthiswouldhappen

      Damn straight, that’s like making a movie about nazi’s and not having them speak german—wait a minute….

    • So TRUE! Because there has NEVER been an actor who can use an accent that isn’t his native tongue??

      Unfortunately none of the gods of asgard were available at the time of casting call so they will just have to do.

    • ZeroCorpse

      Why British? That makes ZERO sense.

      They should all be speaking proto-Scandinavian, but barring that, the Asgardians should all sound Norse, seeing as they are the Norse gods and all.

      British accent? Really? Why? At what point would Odin have decreed that the people from that little island would be the Asgardian template for dialect and accent?

      I always believe they were speaking proto-Scandinavian, but through godly magic, were understood by whoever heard them… But they still had a Scandinavian accent (either that, or the listener’s native accent, in which case British makes no sense as a standard unless they’re in the U.K.)

      So explain to me why the NORSE pantheon should be speaking like a British presenter? They should sound more like the Swedish Chef than Ian McKellan.

  • Iknewthiswouldhappen

    josh could never play loki..i mean, that’s like saying michael keaton would make a good batman, or hugh jackman can do a descent wolverine- the guy does plays for gods sake or this is a good one, someone told me heath ledger is going to be the joker??!!? yeah right, he could never pull that off—oh wait a mintue.

  • T-Vo

    Josh has always struck me as the actor who plays the guy who doesn’t talk much and doesn’t emote well on screen, his on screen personality boarders Cardboard like presence. We all know Loki is very charismatic. I know I will be panned for this, but I can almost see Jim Carey playing Loki.

    • Stormy

      My thoughts exactly. Loki needs somebody with a strong personality. Hartnett couldn’t emote his way out of a paper bag. Carrey’s not bad, but how about Adrien Brody? I know his name got thrown around a lot in pre-Heath Joker conversations, but I think he could do Loki pretty well.

    • leeloo

      thats who i said.
      get ADRIEN BRODY. :)

      if daniel day lewis isnt available.

      srsly. loki has to be a heavy.

      i’d rather hartnett play someone like capt america.

  • jaffahut

    Well, I just read an article which claims that optimistic people live longer.

    Go Josh go!