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Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and more join cast of Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Marvel Studios has released concept art from "Thor: Ragnarok" depicting the villain Hela, to be played by Cate Blanchett. (Marvel Studios)

Marvel Studios announced some big names joining the cast of its third "Thor" film Friday, including two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and "Independence Day" and "Jurassic Park" star Jeff Goldblum.

"Thor: Ragnarok," directed by Taika Waititi, is scheduled for release in November 2017. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Sir Anthony Hopkins will reprise their roles from the previous films.

Blanchett has been cast as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, and Goldblum will play the "eccentric" Grandmaster. Other new additions to the cast include Tessa Thompson ("Creed") as the hero Valkyrie and Karl Urban ("Star Trek") as Skurge.

Marvel also confirmed that Hemsworth's "Avengers" co-star Mark Ruffalo will appear in the film as Bruce Banner/the Hulk.

"The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet," producer Kevin Feige said in a statement. "The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can't be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible."

After the latest announcement, there was much rejoicing on Twitter.

For all the star power now attached to the project, though, some fans are still disappointed that Natalie Portman will not be returning as Dr. Jane Foster.


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