idris elba cast in thor

Idris Elba is everywhere these days and I’m loving every minute of it. The former star of HBO’s The Wire, as well as the upcoming comic adaptation, The Losers has just hit the mother load. According to THR Elba has just been cast in Kenneth Branagh’s live action adaptation of Thor.

Elba will play Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard, who stands on the BiFrost Bridge ready to defend the city from intruders. He is the latest of many casting announcements that have come from the Marvel Studios production. Most recently the roles of the Warriors Three was filled and now Stringer Bell from The Wire is taking on Heimdall. The film is set to start production mid-January in Manhattan Beach, California.

The cast of Thor includes too many good actors to count at this point and our level of excitement is through the roof. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Chris Hemsworth are all on board this Marvel train. With production starting so soon, photos will eventually start surfacing online and we’ll finally get to see what Branagh has in mind for the Nordic based tale. Thor is scheduled to hit theaters on May 20, 2011.

What do you think of Idris Elba joining Thor?