21 December 2008 11:53 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Kenneth Branagh has confirmed he is to direct new comic book movie Thor.

The star - more famous for his roles onstage - has completed negotiations with Marvel bosses to helm the film, due for release in 2010.

Branagh's last big-screen directorial outing was 2007's Sleuth, starring Sir Michael Caine and Jude Law.

And he can't wait to take the challenge of directing a Hollywood blockbuster.

He says, "We're getting the story and visual effects together and all of that is very exciting."

Thor follows the tale of a disabled medical student whose alter ego is the Norse god.

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