The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting a whole lot more indie. Deadline reports that “Creed” and “Dear White People” star Tessa Thompson has now joined the so-called MCU with a brand new role in “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third (and presumably final) film in the Chris Hemsworth-starring mini-franchise. The new film will be directed by another indie stalwart, thanks to the recent hiring of New Zealand’s own filmmaking darling, director Taika Waititi.
Per Deadline, “Thompson will play…a kind of superhero and will appear in other Marvel films as well.” Let the guessing begin!
Thompson’s star has been on the rise since her game-changing role in Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” (which just so happened to be Indiewire’s very first Project of the Year). She followed that turn with parts in “Selma,” “Creed” and the recent festival favorite “War on Everyone.” A role in the MCU – particularly one that seemingly guarantees a long relationship with the giant blockbuster-spawning franchise – is a huge step forward for Thompson. Playing “a kind of superhero” in her debut is even better news, adding some much-needed diversity and girl power to the world’s biggest franchise.
Filming on “Thor: Ragnarok” will start this summer, and the feature is due to be released on November 3, 2017. The film also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Alexander, Mark Ruffalo and Lou Ferrigno.
Thompson will next star in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” which (oddly enough) stars Natalie Portman, another Thor series regular.
Check out the trailer for “Creed” below: