We know that Chris Hemsworth will be back as the mighty Thor in the sequel Thor 2, but one of his trusted Warriors Three will not be returning. Joshua Dallas confirmed that he is not coming back as Fandral for the superhero follow-up, because of his commitment to the ABC series Once Upon a Time. Here's what the actor had to say about leaving the character behind.
"I'll be missing out on wearing all that hair. The timing wasn't right. I'm bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back. Marvel and Disney tried to make it work. But because of my commitment to Once Upon a Time, I was not going to be able to do both. So I'll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it. On the other hand, I'm going back to the best job on TV. I love it and can't wait to delve in more."
Marvel Studios will recast the role, with Zachary Levi said to be in early talks for Fandral. The ink isn't dry on this deal yet, but it is likely since he was first up for the role in the original.
Production begins on Once Upon a Time Season 2 next month in Vancouver, and shooting on Thor 2 is scheduled to start later this summer. Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, and Idris Elba are confirmed to return for the superhero sequel.