Waititi Gives An Update

Speaking in an interview at the BAFTA Tea Party, filmmaker Taika Waititi told Variety that Thor: Love And Thunder production is likely to begin in Australia in August.

With Australia suffering from unprecedented bush wildfires, Waititi was asked if and how it would affect the production of the upcoming film. He said he doesn’t know how the fires would affect the filming and added –

“It’s insane what’s happening down there. It seems to keep getting worse, and a lot of the smoke is now moving across to New Zealand and melting our glaciers.”

Waititi said Love And Thunder would be bigger than Ragnarok. Natalie Portman will be back as Jane Foster, possessing Thor’s powers herself, leaving the main leading role to be played by Chris Hemsworth –

“The next Thor film I’m doing, basically, we’re sort of launching ourselves again on this adventure film, really. That was the thing really that I loved about doing Ragnarok, it felt like we were just putting Thor on a really cool adventure. There’s always like new things to see and do, and this one, I think we’re gonna double down a lot on that and have it bigger, bolder and brighter. There’s just gonna be some really crazy stuff in the film,”

Before that gets underway, the film shoot for Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings will commence down in Sydney during the early part of this year.

Shang Chi’s director Destin Daniel Cretton explained why he chose to do the project –

“I grew up without a superhero to look up to. I gravitated to Spider-Man when I was a kid, primarily because he had a mask covering his face and I could imagine myself under that mask. I would love to give my son a superhero to look up to. I feel very privileged to be a part of telling that story.”

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige said the film is to feature a “98% Asian cast”.

The release date for Thor: Love And Thunder is said to be November 5th, 2021.