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'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Taika Waititi On Casting Tessa Thompson As Valkyrie
Hit the jump to find out what director Taika Waititi had to say about casting Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in the highly anticipated movie.

In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources to promote his latest movie, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, director Taika Waititi discussed why he chose Thompson for the role:

“Right from the start we wanted to diversify the cast, and it’s hard when you’re working with Vikings. [Laughs.] You want to be more inclusive and provide a broader representation. And at that point, you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. And then take it from there and go with your gut. Say, “You know what? None of that stuff matters. Just because the character was blonde and white in the comic book. That doesn’t matter. That’s not what [that character] is about.

People forget that. Die-hard fans will say, “That’s not really authentic to the comics,” but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets. The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be — what do we even care? I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job. And Tessa tested against — we cast a very broad net, and Tess was the best person.”

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Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson Confirmed For Thor: Ragnarok (x)

Marvel have officially confirmed the long running rumours that Cate Blanchett (Carol, The Lord of the Rings) will be joining the cast as Hela, and that Tessa Thompson (Creed, Dear White People) will be playing Valkyrie in the upcoming sequel to Thor: The Dark World.

Producer Kevin Feige says:

The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff (Goldblum), Tessa, Karl (Urban), and Mark (Ruffalo) to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet. 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.

Thor: Ragnarok will begin shooting in June and will be released in November 2017.