Marvel dropped the hammer last Friday when they announced the cast list for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Instead of releasing the info a little at a time over the course of months, the studio confirmed all the rumored cast members (Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson) and announced a few totally new ones as well (Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban). IGN caught up with Karl Urban the day the big news dropped. The actor, known for playing Bones in the new “Star Trek” franchise as well as taking on the title role in “Dredd,” spoke about his decision to play the role of Skurge the Executioner in the third “Thor” film.
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters,” said Urban. “When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of. And the character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on ‘Thor: Ragnarok.'”
Urban remained silent when asked other questions about the role, specifically if his contract includes more than one film. When it came to his contract, Urban revealed just one tidbit: “I have it in my contract that I don’t have to shave my head until after my ‘Star Trek’ press!”
The actor said he’s been reading up on “Thor,” which he actually started doing back in April. You can see Urban boning up on his Norse/Marvel mythology in the Tweet below:
– Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 26, 2016
Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum and more, “Thor: Ragnarok” arrives in theaters on November 3, 2017.
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