One minute you're a 'Loser' and the next minute you're a god. That's how quickly things can change in Hollywood, especially if you're Idris Elba.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has tapped Elba to play the role of Norse god Heimdall in their upcoming big budget comic adaptation 'Thor.' It marks the second major comic book role for the actor, who also plays betrayed government operative Roque in next year's 'The Losers', based on the DC Comics title of the same name. One minute you're a 'Loser' and the next minute you're a god. That's how quickly things can change in Hollywood, especially if you're Idris Elba.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has tapped Elba to play the role of Norse god Heimdall in their upcoming big budget comic adaptation 'Thor.' It marks the second major comic book role for the actor, who also plays betrayed government operative Roque in next year's 'The Losers', based on the DC Comics title of the same name.

The announcement is just the latest in a series of casting decisions on 'Thor,' which has been rounding into shape since noted actor/director Kenneth Branagh took the reigns late last year. Chris Hemsworth, who played Captain Kirk's dad in the popular 'Star Trek' reboot this summer, will take on the title role of Thor, while Natalie Portman, no stranger to comic book movies herself ('V for Vendetta'), will play his human love interest Jane Foster. That romance is sure to be frowned upon by Norse patriarch Odin, who will by portrayed by acting legend Anthony Hopkins.

The film will likely also feature Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, a character who has been popping up in each of Marvel's films, including 'Iron Man 2' and 'The Incredible Hulk,' in preparation for 2012's massive crossover film 'The Avengers.' And just this week it was announced that Thor's posse, The Warriors Three, had also been cast, with Stuart Townsend playing Fandrall the Dashing, Tadanobu Asano playing Hogun the Grim and Ray Stevenson playing Volstagg the Voluminous.

While details about the plot remain under wraps, the role of Heimdall will likely not be a major one for Elba, who has slowly transformed himself into a leading actor thanks to star turns in films such as 'Obsessed'; in the comics, Heimdall traditionally guards the entrance to the mythical city of Asgard and is a trusted, though stationary, ally of Thor. Still, it's another high profile gig for the British actor who previously was best known for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell on 'The Wire' -- and with the prevalence of comic book movies these days, who knows what opportunities it may lead to in the future.

Thor is currently slated for a May 20, 2011, release.
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