Josh Dallas Won't Return as Fandral in 'Thor 2', Zachary Levi May Replace
Not all the leading cast members in "Thor" would return to its sequel. Josh Dallas has confirmed that he wouldn't reprise his role as Fandral in "Thor 2" due to his commitment to ABC'S "Once Upon a Time".
To Entertainment Weekly, Dallas shared, "I'll be missing out on wearing all that hair. The timing wasn't right." He added, "I'm bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back."
"Marvel and Disney tried to make it work," he said. "But because of my commitment to 'Once Upon a Time', I was not going to be able to do both. So I'll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it."
Shortly after Dallas' departure, Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures wasted no time to find his replacement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is courting Zachary Levi to replace Dallas as one of the Warriors Three in Asgard.
Levi himself was actually in talks for the part back in 2010, but he had to turn down the offer due to his schedule with "Chuck". According to multiple sources, Levi hasn't begun formal negotiations with Marvel, but an offer is imminent.
"Thor 2" is expected to kick off filming in July. Returning as the titular hero is Chris Hemsworth with Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins reprising their roles as Loki, Heimdall, Jane Foster and Odin respectively. Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, is in talks to play another major villain aside from Loki.
Directed by "Game of Thrones" helmer Alan Taylor, the second God of Thunder movie is scheduled to open wide in the United States on November 8, 2013.
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