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Patty Jenkins is the choice to direct Thor 2 for Marvel Studios.
No negotiations have begun but Jenkins, who directed the 2003 Charlize Theron movie Monster and recently the pilot for AMC’s acclaimed crime show The Killing, vied with several other directors for the gig, and now will become the first woman director in Marvel Studios’ stable of helmers.
Some outlets reported in early August that Brian Kirk, a director behind many Game of Thrones episodes, was in early negotiations to direct but those reports were wrong as Kirk never got past the meeting stage.
Kenneth Branagh directed the first Thor movie, which has grossed $448.5 millions worldwide. Creative differences, especially a difficult post-production process, weighed in Branagh’s decision not to return to the director’s chair.
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are expected to return to their respective roles.
Jenkins represents another against-the-grain choice for Marvel, who has shown itself unafraid to pick helmers that don’t have action or tentpole backgrounds. Jenkins hasn’t made a movie since Monsters, spending most of her time in TV land. She has directed episodes of Entourage, Arrested Development and The Sarah Silverman Program.
Jenkins is repped by CAA.
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