According to a report by Variety, Marvel Studios is looking to add another Academy Award winning performer to its ensemble of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cate Blanchett is said to be in talks for a role in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel had no comment on the rumors.
Blanchett is no stranger to big franchises, having appeared in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies as Lady Galadriel. What role Blanchett is up for is currently unknown. Taiki Waiti recently signed on to direct the upcoming sequel, with Chris Hemsworth returning to the role of the God of the Thunder, joined by Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner aka The Hulk. Kevin Feige is producing the feature, which recently had a script polish by writer Stephany Folsom.
Thor: The Dark World ended with Loki secretly usurping Odin’s throne on Asgard, and Thor wanting to stay on Earth to be with his love Jane Foster. The title Ragnarok hints at the end of the world and Asgard, so Thor will definitely have his hands full.
One major role that would make sense for Cate Blanchett to play is that of Hela, the ruler of the underworld and Loki’s biological daughter. Hela is typically a villain or conflicting character for the heroes in the comics. Blanchett playing that role would make sense. One other villainous type of role for Blanchett could be that of Amora the Enchantress. The Enchantress is frequently a voluntary pawn and minion in Loki’s schemes. However, she also has a deep longing and love for Thor, despite Thor not returning those feelings. Hela seems to be the role that Blanchett is most suited for, and it would be a fun way to see Thor literally face death itself.
Cate Blanchett is not yet confirmed to be joining the upcoming sequel. Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled for a November 3, 2017 release.