Hannibal Lecter has claimed another victim from Marvel’s stable of heroes. Earlier today, David Slade, who was in line to direct the reboot of Daredevil at Fox announced that he would be dropping out of the project due to his commitment to direct the pilot of ‘Pushing Daises’ creator Brian Fuller’s NBC prequel series ‘Hannibal’. Now, Mads Mikkelsen, who was in talks to play an unspecified villain in Alan Taylor’s ‘Thor 2’, has to drop out of his Marvel project as well because he’s playing the lead in ‘Hannibal’.
When Mikkelsen first landed the role in ‘Hannibal’, many questioned how he would be able to do so if he was in ‘Thor 2’. It seems that the answer is that he won’t. In an interview with Zoomin Movies (via Collider), the actor had this to say about no longer participating in the God of Thunder’s next big screen outing:
“Yeah, that’s not happening unfortunately. I had a meeting with them, but they were a little too late. And then ‘Hannibal’ came in, and everything just came in the same period, so now it’s not happening.”
It’s also fun to point out that while the new Hannibal Lecter is leaving ‘Thor 2’, the original one (Anthony Hopkins) is staying on board.
We learned yesterday from Zachary Levi, who is playing Fandral the Dashing of the Warriors Three, that he would be flying to London after Comic-Con to shoot ‘Thor 2’, so hopefully Marvel has found a replacement villain to take Mikkelsen’s place by now. And while we’re on the topic of Comic-Con, it’s very possible that the announcement of a replacement will be made sometime this weekend. We’ll be sure to keep an ear out and inform you the second we hear something.
‘Thor 2’, directed by ‘Game of Thrones’ favorite Alan Taylor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins, is scheduled for release on November 8, 2013.