Thor: Love and Thunder is set to hit theaters this Summer. While the film is currently still in its post-production process there is still fun news dropping and thanks to a new report a character from the world of Wakanda will be making an appearance.
According to The Cosmic Circus, Akosia Sabet has joined the project as the goddess “Bastet,” or commonly known as Bast of the Wakandan mythology. The site was able to find the news via both IMDb and the actress’ Showcast listing which names her role in the film. While this is no official confirmation by the studio, the fact that it is listed on Showcast, which is pretty accurate, means this is likely the case.
For those unfamiliar, according to the Wakandan legend, when the five tribes fought for control of Wakanda, Bashenga received a vision from Bast, which led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, granting him the power to become the king and the first Black Panther. In Wakandan mythology, when the soul of a man reaches the afterlife, it is brought by the goddesses Bast and Sekhmet to a mythical green valley, where it can run freely and in peace for all eternity. T’Chaka believed in this myth, while his son T’Challa apparently did not, until he met his father in the Ancestral Plane.
The film is directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman returning a Jane Foster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, and Vin Diesel will also appear.
Additionally, Waititi reprises his role as Korg. Matt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth also reprise their roles as Asgardian actors playing Loki, Odin, and Thor, respectively, from Thor: Ragnarok, alongside Melissa McCarthy as an actress playing Hela and Ben Falcone in an undisclosed role. Russell Crowe also has a cameo appearance as Zeus, the king of the Olympians, based on the Greek mythologicaldeity of the same name. Singer Jenny Morris and actor Simon Russell Beale have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Details on Thor: Love and Thunder are being kept under wraps. However, Waititi said the film would adapt elements from Jason Aaron’s run on the Mighty Thor comic book, which sees Portman’s character Jane Foster take on the mantle and powers of Thor whilst suffering from cancer.
Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 8, 2022