Just hours after receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the indie drama Carol, Cate Blanchett may be heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Variety reports that the actress is in talks for one of the female lead roles in the Marvel Phase Three adventure Thor: Ragnarok. No details were given about what character she will play, but, ironically, she was actually mentioned in a recent report, in regards to the caliber of actress the studio is seeking.
Last month's report revealed that Marvel is seeking a "high-caliber actress" like Cate Blanchett, but that was for the villain role, not one of the female leads. The female villain was rumored to be Amora the Enchantress, who was listed as one of the potential villains along with Hela, Queen of the Dead. If the studio does go with either of these characters, it would mark the first female villain ever in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A separate report from October claimed that the studio was looking to cast "great women" in Thor: Ragnarok, which could bring in another iconic female character, Valkyrie, a.k.a. Brunnhilde. In the Marvel Comics, Valkyrie's most notable villain was Amora the Enchantress, so it's possible that both of these characters may be present in Thor: Ragnarok. For now, though, all we know is that Cate Blanchett is in talks for one of the female leads.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will return as Thor and Loki, with Mark Ruffalo recently entering talks to return as Hulk. Both Thor and Hulk are said to go on a "cosmic road trip" in Thor: Ragnarok. It still isn't known if Thor and Thor: The Dark World stars Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) will be back.
Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is directing from a script by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle, with Black List writer Stephany Folsom coming aboard last week to provide a rewrite. Production is scheduled to begin next summer in Australia. If Cate Blanchett does sign on, it will be her first ever role in a superhero movie. Do you have any theories about who Cate Blanchett may be playing?