Reports surfaced last month that Cate Blanchett was in talks for a role in Thor: Ragnarok. Now, Mark Ruffalo, who will reprise his role as the Hulk in that film, seems to have confirmed that negotiations are underway for the award-winning actress to play an unnamed villain.
"I'm so thrilled. I saw [Cate Blanchett] at the Governors' banquet here and heard that maybe she was circling, they were talking to her about the part, so I ran up to her and I was like, 'Please, please, please make this work!'" Ruffalo told Entertainment Tonight. "She's just one of the best, and to have her play a baddie is going to be really exciting."
Blanchett herself joked about her role in the film in an appearance earlier this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
“Chris Hemsworth is busy, so I've been working out,” she joked, before confessing she was “dodging the question” of whether she would be in the film.
"They're just substituting one Australian for another. Gender equality! Why can't you have a female Thor?"
Of course, in comicbooks, the current Thor is female - in fact, she's secretly Jane Foster, the previous Thor's longtime Earthly paramour, played in the movies by Natalie Portman.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.