2 June 2009 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

According to Rich Johnston's new site Bleeding Cool, Brian Blessed has been cast as Odin, All-Father of Valhalla in Kenneth Branagh's Thor. Frankly, I'm very happy with this news. The only way I could be happier is if somebody could get me confirmation that Blessed would record a commentary track for the film - the one he did for Flash Gordon is a real favorite in my household. I sincerely hope Max von Sydow has heard it. Blessed is these days more famous for his general all round demeanor, his mountaineering exploits (and mountainous stature) and his Booming voice than any specific role, though his Flash Gordon role as Prince Vultan would probably be his most popular turn. That gave rise to his "Gordon's Alive?" catchphrase which, apparently, he still yells out in his gruff-jolly way for fans whenever asked. I once heard a stand up comedian do »

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