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Taiki Waititi to direct Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: The Dark World

Story by Jack Foley

TAIKI Waititi looks set to direct Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the superhero saga.

The film will see Chris Hemsworth once again reprise his role of the Norse god of thunder.

Waititi is best known for co-writing and co-directing the acclaimed vampire spoof What We Do In the Shadows and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is in final negotiations to direct the third installment of Marvel’s Thor franchise.

If confirmed, the filmmaker will have beaten off competition from the likes of Ruben Fleischer, Rob Letterman and Rawson Marshall Thurber.

In addition to his work on Sundance favourite What We Do In The Shadows, Waititi also wrote and directed episodes of Flight of the Conchords and is a writer on Disney’s upcoming animated feature Moana, which will star Dwayne Johnson.

On-screen, he also appeared with Ryan Reynolds in superhero flop The Green Lantern.

And while his name might not scream out like an obvious choice, his appointment would continue Marvel’s run of putting their faith in relatively new directors.

The studio tapped comedy directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a move that proved so well that the brothers not only directed the third Captain America movie, Civil War, but they are now working on the new Avengers outings.

James Gunn also surprised many by turning Guardians of the Galaxy into such a massive hit.

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