With Thor director Kenneth Branagh opting not to return for Thor 2, Marvel Studios and Disney have been searching for a suitable replacement. Variety's reporting Marvel thinks they've found the right filmmaker with Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk.
Disney/Marvel's set a July 26th, 2013 release date for the sequel to this year's launch of the Thor franchise. Chris Hemsworth, who's currently hanging out with The Avengers group and is about to get busy on Snow White and the Huntsman, will be returning in the lead role as the hammer-wielding hero.
In addition to directing three episodes of the first season of the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, Kirk's credits include The Tudors, Dexter, and Boardwalk Empire. But it was his work on the epic fantasy Game of Thrones that attracted the attention of Marvel Studios, according to Variety.
Marvel hasn't released any details on the plot of Thor 2, but it's expected to have an expanded cast and be even more epic in scale. There's no confirmation yet on which cast members, other than Hemsworth, are confirmed for the sequel.
Branagh has recently signed on to helm an adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for Fox.
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