Marvel Entertainment has announced that Idris Elba (HBO’s “The Wire”, the upcoming “The Losers”) has joined the cast of the big-screen adaptation of “Thor” as the Asgardian called Heimdall.

Elba joins Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. Kenneth Branagh is directing the film, which is slated to hit theaters May 20th, 2011.

Heimdall is described in Marvel’s “Thor” as the all-seeing and all-hearing guardian of the rainbow bridge in the skies that leads to Asgard, the celestial home of the Norse gods.

Stay tuned to for more “Thor” news.

By Costa Koutsoutis (Source:

Idris Elba in Thor
Idris Elba in Thor

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