Melissa McCarthy set for superb cameo in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
It appears that Melissa McCarthy's on-spec audition for Thor: Love and Thunder, which she posted online on Christmas Day, did the trick.
The Bridesmaids star has snared herself a role in the forthcoming Taika Waititi sequel, and in a fabulous role too.
The actor has been snapped on the movie's set in Sydney, and it seems that the movie is aping a much beloved scene from Thor: Ragnarok.
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In Waititi's first foray into the world of Marvel, he set up an hilarious courtly theatre scene at the beginning of the movie, telling the story of Thor: The Dark World.
In it, Matt Damon made a cameo performance playing the slain Loki, with Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke playing Thor (and Sam Neill as Odin).
This time around, the Asgardian theatre company will be taking on the story told in Ragnarok, with McCarthy playing the evil Hela, the role played Cate Blanchett.
Luke Hemsworth will also be back as Thor, with Damon on board again as Loki.
It's quite possible, of course, that McCarthy was trolling fans with her 'audition' video, made with her husband Ben Falcone, and that they knew all along she'd be involved in Love and Thunder.
But nonetheless, it's a lovely touch.
The movie will find Hemsworth returning as Thor, with Natalie Portman back to play Dr Jane Foster – who it's said will take on some of Thor's powers.
Meanwhile Christian Bale is set to play villain Gorr The God Butcher.
The movie is due out on 6 May, 2022.
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