Hopkins Plays Odin In “Thor”

Anthony Hopkins is set to play the Norse God Odin in “Thor” for Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures says the trades.

The story follows the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans.

Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Natalie Portman also stars while Kenneth Branagh directs. Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script.

Filming kicks off in January for release in 2011.