Idris Elba Joins “Thor” Cast

Idris Elba (“Obsessed,” “RocknRolla”) is set to play Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard, in Kenneth Branagh’s superhero epic “Thor” for Marvel Studios reports Heat Vision.

Heimdall stands on the BiFrost Bridge ready to defend the city from intruders. He joins an extensive cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano

The comic book adaptation will be released through Paramount Pictures on May 20th 2011. Shooting kicks off mid-January in Manhattan Beach.