Kenneth Branagh is in negotiations to direct Thor, the adaptation of the Marvel Comics property into a live-action feature set to be released in 2010.

According to Variety, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige's choice of Branagh is surprising, as Branagh hasn't really directed an action-heavy film since his debut on Henry V, a bloody telling of the British king's conquest of France.

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The Thor comicbook adaptation, penned by Mark Protosevich, follows disabled medical student Donald Blake, who has an alter ego as the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor.

A production date has not been set.