NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 9:09 PM
Cate Blanchett is in discussions to play a leading role in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
She already wields an Oscar, but is Thor’s hammer next for Cate Blanchett?
The “Blue Jasmine” star is in final negotiations for a leading role in “Thor: Ragnarok,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources tell the magazine that Marvel Studios wants a “bad-ass” female for its third “Thor” installment, though it’s not known what Blanchett’s role would be.
If cast, it would be Blanchett’s first Marvel movie – but she does have plenty of experience in sci-fi films. She appeared in all three of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies as Lady Galadriel, then reprised the role for the entire “Hobbit” trilogy.
The 46-year-old actress would join an already star-studded cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, returns as the hunky Asgardian hero, and Tom Hiddleston, who plays villainous brother Loki. Mark Ruffalo will also appear in his “Avengers” role of the Hulk.
Natalie Portman, who played the female lead in the first two “Thor” movies, has not yet signed on to return. Anthony Hopkins, who played Thor’s father Odin, is also a question mark to return.
Blanchett, who won an Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine” last year, most recently starred in the lesbian-romance drama “Carol,” which earned her a Best Actress nomination for the 2016 Golden Globes.
Marvel’s progress in the negotiations with Blanchett comes just one week after the studio hired Stephany Folsom to pen the film’s script. “Thor: Ragnarok” is set to hit theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.