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‘Thor 3’ Finds Its Director in Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.

The New Zealand native helmed several episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords” in addition to writing and directed the vampire spoof “What We Do in the Shadows” and the indie comedy “Eagle vs. Shark.” Waititi, who’s half-Maori, also penned the script for Disney’s upcoming animated movie “Moana.”

Waititi also acted as the character Tom Kalmaku 2011’s “Green Lantern” opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Kenneth Branagh directed 2011’s original “Thor” and Alan Taylor helmed “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013. The first film grossed $449 million worldwide and the sequel took in $645 million.

Chris Hemsworth will return as the titular superhero. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) will be back to star as well.

The script for “Thor: Ragnarok” has been written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. Yost was a co-writer on “Thor: The Dark World.

Kevin Feige is the producer. “Thor: Ragnarok” hits theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.

Waititi is represented by CAA and Manage-ment.

The news was first reported by The Wrap.

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