Tom Hiddleston Reveals Story Behind His Loki Casting
Tom Hiddleston debuted in Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Thor” in the role of “Loki.”
The character has been played for six films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will now be reprised for the character’s upcoming series on Disney+.
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Tom Hiddleston talks about his journey
Now, Hiddleston opened up about the “life-changing” friendship that helped him land the role of the Marvel villain Loki in the 2011 film ‘Thor’.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 38-year-old star revealed it was Kenneth Branagh, the director of the film, who secured the role for him.
He also talked about his friendship with the director.
“It had a life-changing effect on me. It happened quite organically, almost by accident. He saw me in a Shakespeare production in a theatre in London, he then asked me to perform with him in the television series Wallander for the BBC. We then did a Chekhov play in the West End, and then he cast me as Loki in the first Thor film.”
About working together, Tom explained, “So actually we ended up spending about 12 months working together in different media.”
Tom’s Entry To Marvel
Hiddleston appreciated the industry for helping him star in the movie alongside big stars like Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman, as well as Chris Hemsworth.
Branagh first saw Tom in the Shakespeare production and then he cast him in Wallander. Later, they worked together in a Chekhov play, before working together in Thor.
Tom showed his thankful gesture towards Branagh by saying:
“At the end of that experience, I had learned so much from him. But then I realized that he used to look up to Derek Jacobi and Anthony Hopkins. And when I was playing Loki for the first time and Anthony Hopkins was playing my father, [Hopkins] told me he used to look up to Richard Burton.”
He went on to call the Marvel Cinematic Universe a ‘constant source of surprise and delight’, but he kept quiet about the show and simply called it ‘a new departure’, though he was quick to add that he ‘can’t explain why.’
“So I realized that the creative industries are in a constant feedback loop of re-inspiration and imagination,” he added.
Hiddleston is now gearing up for his own TV show for Disney+ service, Loki, although he didn’t reveal much about what the series would entail. It looks like we might get this soon.
“I knew [Loki] was a complex figure. Intelligent yet vulnerable. Angry and lost and broken and witty. All I can tell you is that it is called Loki. It is a new departure, but I can’t explain why,” he added.
Earlier reports suggest that the new Loki series will feature character’s younger days with narration by Tom Hiddleston.
But since a new image from series released a few days ago hints back to 1970s, it might be the character’s journey to another timeline.
Tom Hiddleston was last seen in the recently released blockbuster ‘Avengers: Endgame’.