Rene Russo has been hit by a thunder bolt.

The talented actress, whose career, unfortunately, peaked in the 1990s with roles opposite Clint Eastwood in 'In the Line of Fire,' John Travolta in 'Get Shorty' and Pierce Brosnan in 'The Thomas Crown Affair,' has been cast as Frigga, the stepmother of Thor in the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Entertainment's hammer-wielding Norse hero. Rene Russo has been hit by a thunder bolt.

The talented actress, whose career, unfortunately, peaked in the 1990s with roles opposite Clint Eastwood in 'In the Line of Fire,' John Travolta in 'Get Shorty' and Pierce Brosnan in 'The Thomas Crown Affair,' has been cast as Frigga, the stepmother of Thor in the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Entertainment's hammer-wielding Norse hero.

According to a report in Variety, 'Thor,' which is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and goes before the cameras in January for a 2011 release, has now completed all its major casting. Anthony Hopkins will play the Norse god Odin (Thor's dad and Frigga's husband), the titular character is being played by Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman will star as Thor's love interest, and Tom Hiddleston plays the villain Loki (Samuel L. Jackson and Stellan Skarsgard are also rumored to be aboard).

The story line has Thor cast down from his godly lair in Asgard to Earth, where he's forced to live among the humans. Here he meets and falls for a human woman (Portman) but eventually must tap his superhuman powers when a dangerous villain from on high dispatches the dark forces of Asgard to invade our fair planet.

Russo, who is equally at ease playing sweet and tough (or sweet/tough in the same role -- she was a kick-ass cop/love interest in 'Lethal Weapon 3' and a seductive detective in 'The Thomas Crown Affair'), will be perfect as Thor's mom -- she has the power, grace and strength to make her presence felt as a godly mother.

We look forward to her return to the big screen in what we hope will be a more challenging role than her last mom outing -- in the very weak remake of 'Yours, Mine and Ours.'

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