Where the first Thor employed an unusual choice to direct in Kenneth Branagh that payed off, it appears they are using the same methodology for helming the sequel. Patty Jenkins directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning role in Monster and word out of Marvel Studios is she’s the front-runner to direct Thor 2.
Audiences will next see Chris Hemsworth laying down the hammer as Thor in Avengers with Thor 2 set to begin shooting in April 2012. Look for a decision on the Jenkins hiring in the coming weeks.
Jenkins is no stranger to helming powerful male-centered drama as well with her work as director on the highly regarded The Killing pilot and episodes of HBO’s Entourage.
Early word from those who have seen the potential script say that Thor’s journey in Thor 2 will follow the relationship between the God of Thunder and his father (Anthony Hopkins), take audiences further into the Nine Worlds as well as reunite him with his Earthbound love, played by Natalie Portman.