Shooting for the fourth film in the Thor franchise, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” wrapped June 1 in Australia. Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, took to Instagram to make the announcement official, posting a black and white photo standing next to co-star and director Taika Waititi (who voices Korg).
Several celebrities commented on the post, some congratulating him and the team for wrapping up filming, while others complimented his physique and bolstering arms. Both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner commented on Hemsworth’s post, saying “Congrats my brother” and “Congrats brother!!!” respectively. Actor Simu Liu, who is set to star in the upcoming Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” complimented the Australian actor for his physique, saying “Jesus Christ I need to get in shape.”
Set to release in mid-2022, the film was first announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con and is part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor: Love and Thunder” stars Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster (a woman suffering from cancer who becomes Lady Thor), Tessa Thompson as New Asgard’s ruler Valkyrie, Christian Bale as the antagonist Gorr the God Butcher, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Jaimie Alexander as Thor’s childhood friend Sif, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster (aka the ruler of planet Sakaar from “Thor: Ragnarok”), and all the main characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
The film is also expected to have several cameos, including Matt Damon as the Asgardian actor playing the Asgardian god Loki (Thor’s elder brother), Sam Neill as the Asgardian actor playing the Asgardian god Odin (Thor’s father) and Luke Hemsworth as the Asgardian actor playing Thor. Comedian Melissa McCarthy is also joining the cast as an Asgardian actress playing Hela (Thor’s elder sister, aka Goddess of Death and antagonist in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ portrayed by Cate Blanchett). Russell Crowe is also expected to make a brief appearance in the film as Zeus, the King of the Olympians. Actor Ben Falcone and singer-songwriter Jenny Morris are also making cameo appearances in the film, although their roles are undisclosed.
Filming was initially planned to kick off in August 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the film’s production for several months. Production finally resumed in late January 2021 in Sydney, Australia at Fox Studios. The upcoming film utilized the pioneering StageCraft virtual production technology that was used for the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.” Developed by Industrial Light & Magic, the technology uses huge, high-resolution LED panels to create realistic backdrops for actors instead of relying on blue/green screens.
Director Taika Waititi, who is expected to reprise his role in the fourth film as Korg, co-wrote the film with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Kevin Feige is serving as executive producer.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is expected to release in theaters on May 6, 2022 worldwide.
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