Taika Waititi has cast himself as Korg in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The news we’ve all been waiting for is that director, Taika Waititi, will play the mountain creature Korg in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, via JoBlo. The kiwi filmmaker who shot to fame with his indie flick Hunt for the Wilderpeople, has had important roles in all of his movies, so this news comes as no surprise.

Speaking at a press event, Waititi explained the decision to cast himself as the Planet Hulk character:

“Obviously, being made of rocks, we wanted somebody like The Rock to play him, but there wasn’t enough chicken or salmon in Australia to sustain he and Chris. I never thought I’d be playing the most lovable character in the film.”

He is clearly a man and an actor with exquisite comic timing, so his contribution to Thor: Ragnarok in rock form is sure to provide even more hilarity in a movie that is shaping up to be the funniest yet.

Korg is a member of the Kronan race, a creature of huge scale and very tough exterior. Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, destroyed another of his race in one smash in Thor: The Dark World in 2013, so that provides some context and an idea of the imagery to expect (see featured image). Waititi’s Korg will be an ally to the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, and the director explained the importance of his character:

“We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be. He’s huge and heavy, but with a light soul. We wanted to make him funny and a entry point into this world. And Thor needs friends.”

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3rd, 2017. Taika Waititi directs and stars, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the God of Thunder. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Ray Stevenson and Sam Neill.

What are you expecting Taika Waititi to bring to Thor: Ragnarok? Let us know in the comments.

Emma Nicholson
Emma Nicholson
A UK based film nut who got lost on the way home from a Product Design degree in Wales and leapt into postgrad study of the media industries in London. Obsessed with road cycling, Sherlock Holmes (the books too), neo-noir, historical epics and bored of formulaic spectacle. Still waiting for a Hogwarts letter...

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