With Marvel’s Thor shooting past the $435 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was no surprise when Disney locked in a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2.
According to Deadline, Thor director Kenneth Branagh will not return to helm the sequel that will also star Chris Hemsworth as the godly superhero. A new director will be sought with the selection process expected to get underway shortly – if not immediately.
Marvel has already hired Don Payne, who worked on the final draft for the original Thor, to pen the script for Thor 2. Payne’s credits include My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and a handful of The Simpsons episodes. The humor from “Thor” should theoretically bridge to the sequel.
It’s still too early to know if Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba or any of the other Thor main character actors will appear in the sequel. The only lock at this point is Hemsworth. But it is easy to assume Jane, Loki, Odin, Siff and the Warriors Three will return as multi-film deals were signed for many of the actors. (Source)