Thor: Ragnarok Director on Choosing Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie

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Directors have so many tough things to decide when trying to make a great movie. Among those things is choosing an actor to helm a role in the film they’re directing. It’s a very important decision and it could make or break a movie. Imagine someone else playing Iron Man or Deadpool other than Robert Downey Jr. or Ryan Reynolds. Hard right? That’s because they’re pretty perfect for those roles. So when it was time for Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi to choose an actress to play the female Asgardian Warrior Valkyrie, he picked Tessa Thompson (Creed).

Oh course some less-than-enlightened people questioned why he chose a woman of color -Afro-Latin-American to be specific- to play a character who is blond and fair-skinned in the source material. Here was his response to comments like that (via CBR):

“People forget that. Die-hard fans will say, ‘That’s not really authentic to the comics,’ but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets. The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be — what do we even care?”

Following that, he went on to explain why he actually chose Tessa for the role, besides the fact that they were trying to be diverse with this movie:

“I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job. And Tessa tested against — we cast a very broad net, and Tessa was the best person.”

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Hollywood has been big on diversifying their roles in films in contrast to the source material that they’re based off. Sadly people still have a problem with this, but it’s not something that shows any signs of stopping in the future, so either get on bored and embrace this positive change, or just stop watching movies all together.

Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to release on November 3rd, 2017.

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