Taika Waititi, director for the highly anticipated film “Thor: Ragnarok,” recently addressed the feedback that his choice of casting for the character of Asgardian warrior Brunnhilde the Valkyrie got.
In the past months, it was announced that “Creed” and “Westworld” actress Tessa Thompson would be playing the role of Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, or simply known as Valkyrie, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Thor: Ragnarok.” The actress would be playing the character of one of the most formidable and the one of the strongest female warriors the realm of Asgard. However, there was one thing that had a number of fans outraged by the announcement of the casting Thompson does not look like the character as portrayed in the comics.
In the comics, Valkyrie was depicted as someone with long blonde hair and blue eyes on the other hand, Waititi’s vision of her through Thompson is far from the image the comics had depicted her.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Waititi said that with the aim of having diversity in the cast, what he did was look at the comics and “loosely” based the character from it according to the director, what matters is not the looks of the character, but the story of her.
“People forget that. Die-hard fans will say, ‘That’s not really authentic to the comics,’ but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets,” he said. “The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be what do we even care?”
With the story as the main element in his mind, Waititi found Thompson to be the best fit for it.
“I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job,” he continued. “And Tessa tested against we cast a very broad net, and Tess was the best person.”
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third standalone “Thor” film as part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will open on Nov. 3, 2017.