Actor to play Odin, Thor's father in Paramount pic

Anthony Hopkins has been set to star in “Thor,” the Marvel Studios production that begins production in January.

Hopkins will play Odin, the father of Thor and Loki. Chris Hemsworth is playing Thor, and Tom Hiddleston plays Loki. Kenneth Branagh will direct.

Natalie Portman is also set to play Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster.

Scripted by Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz, pic tracks partly disabled med student Dr. Donald Blake’s discovery of his Norse god alter ego, the hammer-swinging Thor.

Paramount Pictures will release the film on May 20, 2011.

Hopkins will next be seen starring with Benicio Del Toro in the Joe Johnston-directed “The Wolfman,” which Universal releases next February.

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