Thor: Love and Thunder casts Christian Bale as main villain

Christian Bale has been cast in Thor: Love and Thunder as the feature film’s main villain. Reports (opens in new tab) began surfacing in January that Bale was in talks to join the cast, but now we have concrete news of his casting, plus a few extra details.

In a conversation with ET (opens in new tab), co-star Tessa Thompson had this to say about Thor 4 and Bale’s role: Christian Bale is going to play our villain, which is going to be fantastic,” Thompson said. “I’ve read the script. I can’t tell you much. Lots of exciting text messages exchanged between Natalie and I. We’re going to have fun. Taika is writing [and] directing. Some familiar faces. Some new people coming into the mix.”

Thompson is set to reprise her role as Valkyrie in Thor 4, and the actress says it’s officially King Valkyrie now. “She’s king,” she affirmed. “If she can’t find her queen, she’ll just be king and queen at the same time.” As for Bale’s villain role, Thompson didn’t have anything further to share just yet.

Of course, you can also expect to see Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself, as well as co-star Natalie Portman as Jane Foster (and later Mighty Thor). Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to director’s duties in Love and Thunder.

Announced (opens in new tab) at San Diego Comic Con 2019, Thor 4 is set for release November 5, 2021.

But what – there’s more! Thor 4 is just one exciting Marvel Phase 4 (opens in new tab) release, alongside Black Widow (opens in new tab), The Eternals (opens in new tab), and Spider-Man 3 (opens in new tab).

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