Actress Tessa Thomson impressed audiences in “Creed,” which was directed by Ryan Coogler. Coogler, as we all know, will helm the solo “Black Panther” movie. Thomson has followed in his footsteps and has joined Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” in an undisclosed role, reports Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
Deadline claims to have learned from their sources that Thompson will play the role of a superhero. She will also appear in other Marvel movies as well. Meanwhile, THR is reporting that Natalie Portman, who has so far played the role of Dr. Jane Foster, scientist and love interest of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor” and its sequel “Thor: The Dark World,” will not be returning. Portman and Thomson, meanwhile, will star alongside each other in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” a sci-fi follow-up to his Oscar-winning film, “Ex Machina.”
In addition to star Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) are returning as well. Also joining “Ragnarok,” will be Mark Ruffalo, as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Cate Blanchett in an undisclosed role.
Not much is known about Tessa Thompson’s role in the movie. As per THR’s speculation, she could be the replacement for Portman; filling the lead role slot left vacant by the “Goya’s Ghosts” actress. The character could be Thor’s new love interest though the script will have to explain the reason for Jane Foster’s absence. Screenrant speculates that “Thompson could be playing new imaginings of either The Enchantress (usually a villain) or Brunhilde (a heroine, like Thor culled from actual Norse mythology); two characters often framed as romantic interests in the Thor comics that fans have been eager to see the movies.” Screenrant further adds that “The other most-notable potential Thor partner, Lorelei, has already appeared in the MCU as a villain on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past.” Thomson may also play Valkyrie, an Asgardian warrior goddess.
Thomson, who is represented by Greene & Associates talent Agency, Mosaic and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein at Jackoway Tyerman, is also know for other projects that include “Dear White People,” “Selma,” “For Colored Girls” and Jonathan Nolan’s TV remake of Michael Crichton’s “Westworld,” which stars Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, and Thandie Newton, among others.