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Idris Elba says Heimdall's role expanded in 'Thor: The Dark World'

While there's been a lot of news of lately concerning the casting of "Thor: The Dark World," not to be overshadowed is the return of Idris Elba in the pivotal role of Heimdall -- the all-seeing and all-hearing guardian sentry of Asgard stationed in his observatory on the Rainbow Bridge.

In a recent interview, Elba told me that he'll definitely be back for the "Thor" sequel -- and in an expanded role.

Elba said while the character was supporting in nature the first time around, he jumped at the chance to play Heimdall under Kenneth Branagh's direction.

"My part was very small and functional in the first film, but I still felt very privileged to play him -- especially since Heimdall looks a certain way and has a Nordic lineage -- and here I was playing this character and bringing him to life in a different way," Elba said. "It felt quite groundbreaking to be a part of that."

"Thor: The Dark World" will be directed by Alan Taylor ("Deadwood," "A Game of Thrones"), and will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis) and Jaimie Alexander (Sif).

New to the cast are Christopher Eccleston ("Heroes," "GI Joe: The Rise of COBRA") as Malekith and Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje ("Lost") as Algrim.

Also new to the cast is Zachary Levi ("Chuck," "Tangled"), who is replacing Joshua Dallas as Fandral.

"Thor: The Dark World" is set for a Nov. 8, 2013, release. Before that, Elba will star in Guillermo Del Toro's sci-fi thriller "Pacific Rim," due in theaters July 12, 2013.

Elba's latest film, Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Prometheus," is set for a Oct. 11 release on DVD and Blu-ray.


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