When veteran stage actor and director Kenneth Branagh was named the man to lead the Thor character into theaters, it goes without saying that many fans didn't see it coming. Even Kenneth was surprised at himself for taking on a big summer tentpole under his wings. With the first installment now in the books after a successful run at the theaters---taking in $448.5 million worldwide---the director has stepped aside for someone else to fill that void and it looks like Marvel is still enjoying the surprise factor with the news that Patty Jenkins is the front-runner for the directing gig of the 2013 sequel.
Beyond making the Oscar worthy film Monster back in 2003, Jenkins has remained in the TV medium with bouts on "Arrested Development", "Entourage" and the pilot for AMC's "The Killing." So it seems she's as surprised as Branagh in terms of being a front-runner for the job.
While she wouldn't come out and confirm that she has the job, she was pleased with Marvel's choice and her current negotiations. In a brief interview bit with NY Mag's Vulture column, here's what she had to say on the possibility.
"I can't say, but yes," she said laughing. "I can't say anything definitive, but it's exciting to be in talks with them about it. I think Marvel is really ballsy to think outside the box. And I think everyone they've talked to and hired has been interesting."
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Thor 2 will strike down theaters July 26, 2013.