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Gladiator Star Joins Cast of Thor: Love and Thunder

In January of this year Thor: Love and Thunder officially began filming. Tiaka Waititi has once again stepped in the director shoes and seems to have cast fellow New Zealander Russell Crowe in his film.  Russell Crowe, the Oscar-winning star of Gladiator and Man of Steel has been tapped for a role in this fourth installment of the Thor franchise from Marvel Studios, which means the beloved actor will be making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2022. At this time, his role in the film has not been revealed.

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There was a lot of speculation about Crowe’s involvement in Thor: Love and Thunder over the weekend when the actor was seen at a rugby match with other members of the cast. After photos of Crowe and his new co-stars surfaced online, Deadline released a new report confirming his involvement in the film.

Photo courtesy The Independent

Crowe is no stranger to action movies as can be seen by his body of work including Gladiator, Master and Commander and Robin Hood.  He is neither unfamiliar with the super hero genre of movies after taking on the role of Jor-El in 2013’s Man of Steel. He seems fit and ready to be utilized to his fullest potential.

Waititi and Marvel reportedly wanted to keep Crowe’s appearance in the film a surprise, much like Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. But the photos of Crowe with members of the production seem to have kept that from happening.

The rest of the cast includes Chris Hemsworth returning to play the God of Thunder in the fourth Thor standalone film, the ninth time he has played the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tessa Thompson will once again be taking on the role of Valkyrie, while Natalie Portman finally reprises her role as Jane Foster from the first two Thor films, and Jaimie Alexander returns as Lady Sif. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, and Sean Gunn are also joining the project.

The plot details being kept under wraps at this point but we as fans can always speculate as to what will happen. The film is set to release on May 6, 2022. For more geeky news check out our newly redesigned website check us out on Facebook and check out our gamers over on Twitch.

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