Idris Elba Rehashes On Heimdall's Expanded Role In THOR: THE DARK WORLD

While looking back at his “small and functional” role in the first film, Heimdall actor Idris Elba also reiterates how the gatekeeper to Asgard will be expanded in the sequel, Thor: The Dark World

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/29/2012


In the original Thor film, an epic battle memorably resulted in the destruction of the rainbow Bifrost bridge. And while that left many wonders for the anticipated sequel, one of the biggest is what role Heimdall, the gate keeper of Asgard, will have in the Alan Tayor-directed film. While not exactly answering that, the Asgardian's actor, Idris Elba, reassures that he'll have an expanded role in Thor: The Dark World (via Tim Lammers).

“In the new film we're going to get to know Heimdall the Asgardian a bit better, and we're going to get to know Asgard a bit better. I can't say too much, but the expansion of Thor in his world is going to be huge. My part was very small & functional in the first film, but I still felt very privileged to play him -- especially since Heimdall looks a certain way & has a Nordic lineage -- & here I was playing this character and bringing him to life in a different way. It felt quite groundbreaking to be a part of that.”




Exploring Thor's relationship with the Asgardian all-father Odin, as well earthbound companion Jane Foster, “Thor: The Dark World” follows the God of Thunder to The Nine Realms beyond Asgard and earth. And as his evil half-brother, Loki, returns for Asgardian justice, a new threat rises. Also rejoining Thor are his fellow Asgardians, Lady Sif, gatekeeper Heimdall and Warriors Three, as they encounter mythical Norse creatures among evildoers.

“Thor: The Dark World” stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rene Russo, with Alice Krige & Kat Dennings. And Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) takes over directorial duties from Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first “Thor” film. From a screenplay written by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, “Thor: The Dark World” is set for release on November 8, 2013.

Source: Tim Lammers
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marvel72 - 8/29/2012, 1:50 PM
by the sound of things thor the dark world is gonna be better than thor.

which is always good news,you want each film to be better than the original.
DanteSparda - 8/29/2012, 1:53 PM
That's just what I want for this sequel, leave earth to the old fashined movies of the Iron Man's and Captain America's of the world, but for Thor give us a 9 Worlds Tour.
kurekurcubic - 8/29/2012, 1:54 PM
it sounds and ,i hope its true-that thor 2 is going to be a MUCH BIGGER movie then thor.and so it should be with all that avengers money
toco89 - 8/29/2012, 2:04 PM
Still don't get him being black. Me being of african descent, it gives me no pride. And considering the american media today, it makes me feel like it was to fill some bs quota. If he at least was black in the comics originally but not even that.

I've had only respect for Idris Elba as an actor, and as a person in the inteviews I've seen. I'm glad to see he has the class to acknowledge the fact, unlike other actors who reinforce illogical things like this especially in america.
Dunejedi - 8/29/2012, 2:24 PM
sweeeeeet.
Avenged99 - 8/29/2012, 2:26 PM
Better than the Originals is tuff to do, however I think they've done a pretty good job with these movies so far. I just can't stand the time between the movies. I'd rather be water-boarded and tortured than wait this long for these movies to come out.
G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 8/29/2012, 2:26 PM
Am I the only one who thought that he was alot more badass than Thor?
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 8/29/2012, 2:30 PM
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE THOR MOVIE WE DESERVE! ACTION, EMOTIONAL DEPTH, EXCITING VILLAINS AND MAIN CHARACTERS AND THE BEST DIRECTOR FOR THE JOB!

Then it's announced Kat Denning's is in it and it all goes down the toilet...
Turtlestrong - 8/29/2012, 2:32 PM
I think out of Phase 2 leading up to the next Avengers, I am most excited for.....err....The Dark World and the Guadians of the Galaxy.
TayDee - 8/29/2012, 2:32 PM
sKeemAn - I think it was Heimdall's voice and his armor that made him seem so badass
Cosmic1 - 8/29/2012, 2:33 PM
@toco89

If there trying to fill quotas where's the gay asgardian or is that why Loki is so confused.

But for real I think they just picked the best actor for the role.
Lowell58 - 8/29/2012, 2:34 PM
I hope to see Thor fighting on a larger scale a la Braveheart. Big battles, but personal fighting. I'd also love to see more of Heimdall vs the warriors three. I've never liked them in the comics, and the movie didn't necessarily endear them to me. I'd also love to see Odin mix it up. In the "Fear Itself" story line it was jarring to see Odin slap Thor around. It'd be a good reminder in this movie who the "All-Father" still is.
Turtlestrong - 8/29/2012, 2:34 PM
I also hope this captures some of that great Game of Thrones feel to it as well!
SimyJo - 8/29/2012, 2:34 PM
Looking forward to seeing all things Nine-Realm'sy™ in this the sequel!.
Kevinwillpeabodyproperties - 8/29/2012, 2:40 PM
avenged99 i could not agree more. I honestly would rather have them wait till like 2014, and then real ease each one, one month after the other because once I see one and see easter eggs and credit scenes I just can't wait for the next one
StormLoganSummers - 8/29/2012, 2:40 PM
re·hash [ree-hash]
verb
1. to repeat old information in a new form

Ergo, this is not news.
Kevinwillpeabodyproperties - 8/29/2012, 2:40 PM
I want to see why "the 9 realms laugh at us you'd stand giving speeches while asgard falls"
LoganStark - 8/29/2012, 2:43 PM
I really enjoyed the first Thor so more character development and seeing more worlds is great for me.
SunSp0t - 8/29/2012, 2:45 PM
He was a great Heimdall, cant wait for the sequel.
BlackFlash - 8/29/2012, 2:55 PM
He best get a bigger role this time, because I see no point in using such a good actor and not actually use him.
avengers72 - 8/29/2012, 2:56 PM
I love his character and I think this is great.Yes it does look like it will be better than the first one and while we are on the subject the asgardians can just use the tesseract as a portal.This movie is coming out close to catching fire`s date.I hope it does well box office.
OdinsBeard - 8/29/2012, 3:04 PM
yeah then under his breath he's going - "damn why didn't i hold out for black panther!? sonofabitch!"
MisterNiceGuy - 8/29/2012, 3:10 PM
i dont understand why earth even has to be a part of this film. i pray that its only for when he returns to earth at the end bc i can not put up with kats bullshit again. completely ruins the whole thor experience.
Bodwulf - 8/29/2012, 3:31 PM
The more Asgard the better! Still hoping for some Balder news.
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soberchimera - 8/29/2012, 3:32 PM
He is way too talented to be playing a minor supporting character of Thor. He could pull off Luke Cage or Black Panther easily. He'd also make a sick Black Manta.
RorMachine - 8/29/2012, 3:41 PM
Grif logic = this movie will suck because Kat Dennings is reprising her role from the first film, which he liked even though she was a part of. I'm tellin ye, this guy would keep an entire team of psychiatrists busy for a year.
ThePowerCosmic - 8/29/2012, 3:45 PM
Anybody could be black Manta...he has a damn helmet on!
spidey1994 - 8/29/2012, 3:55 PM
I second @RorMachine. Anyway, awesome to hear, Idris Elba was awesome as Heimdall in the first movie.
AverageJoe - 8/29/2012, 4:00 PM
I love Thor. I did not love the movie Thor. Mostly because we start right off by having Odin about ready to give Thor the keys to the realm. Why start there? Now, for every movie thereafter, are we to expect Odin to retire again? If Odin remains the all-father in the next few movies, it just won't make much sense. And what if Thor does become the all-father, well say good-bye to Odin. No real need for him anymore. Thor, Loki and Odin fighting Surtur with the Twilight sword, trying to get to the eternal flame, etc...(Walt Simonson run on Thor) To me it just messed up the rest of the timeline.

Having said that, I agree with many of you that Thor needs to stay away from earth for awhile and fight and fight and fight on some of the 9 realms, make that 8 realms,as earth is one of the 9.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/29/2012, 4:03 PM
Awesome actor! Cant wait to see him more in the sequel! Hope he joins Thor in the battle of the two kingdoms or whatever!:)
Clive Owen, Gerard Butler or Vincent Regan would have been my choice as Heimdall thou.
Bane2099 - 8/29/2012, 4:07 PM
I hope Elba as Heimdall is shown in more action, maybe defending Asgard from invasion or out with Thor in the other realms
spidey1994 - 8/29/2012, 4:07 PM
I still wanna see Balder in this one though.
GammaVerve - 8/29/2012, 4:13 PM
Excellent news! Heimdall was great in Thor!
Ranger14 - 8/29/2012, 4:19 PM
Excellent news! I agree with Grif partially on Kat, but am not going to say it will be a crappy movie just because of that. I will just have to ignore the parts she is on screen and hopefully that will be few and far in between like in the first one. :-P
xXkryptoniteXx - 8/29/2012, 4:21 PM
I want man of steel to take that year but Thor seems like he well that that year. This has so many potential and more interesting stuff to bring that we haven't scene before.
Hammbone - 8/29/2012, 4:25 PM
The Black Panther or Luke Cage should be played by Robert Christopher Riley. Up and coming actor.
JackSass - 8/29/2012, 4:33 PM
Actually I hope they explore the breadth of Thor's powers even more than they did in the first one. He has numerous powers that they never even showed him using in either movie. Thor is actually ten times more powerful than most people seem to realize.

Another hope I have for this movie is that they go ahead and introduce "magic" as in mystical forces as a concept. They did a little in the movie, but just saying magic and science are one in the same is just boring and easy for the bovine movie watching public to swallow. But if Marvel is at all serious about making a Doctor Strange film someday, then laying the conceptual groundwork in Thor would be excellent.

As for Heimdall, if they want a way to expand his role, then they could just send an army to the gates of Asgard.
TheSoulEater - 8/29/2012, 4:37 PM
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sameoldthing - 8/29/2012, 5:07 PM
He did great in Thor movie & was very majestic & imposing..skin color matters not!
MisterMagurlypse - 8/29/2012, 5:25 PM
Of course this movie is going to be shit! It only has Thor, Loki, Odin, Malekith, Heimdall, Lady Sif, The Warriors Three, Kurse and most likely Surtur AND is being directed by Alan Taylor. But all this awesomeness is ruined by little old Kat Dennings! Please crackheads!! We should be lucky that we're getting this film made.
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