‘Thor: Ragnarok’s’ Tessa Thompson on Working With Director Taika Waititi
Written By: Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes
Thor: Ragnarok has been praised for numerous things so far but one aspect of the film that has garnered consistent acclaim is Tessa Thompson’s performance as the Asgardian warrior, Valkyrie.
Thompson was recently interviewed by The Independent and was asked about what working with director Taika Waititi was like. Being a fan of his work already, Thompson says that she was ecstatic when she found out she’d be working with him:
“With this film they really wanted Ragnarok to really feel like what , which is the destruction of the old and the birth of the new. It needed to have a filmmaker that feels very singular, you needed to have someone who was going to really shake up the tone. If you look at Taika’s work he’s such an auteur and so funny, his humour is really specific. I’m just happy that Marvel let him make a Taika Waititi-ish Marvel movie.”
Thompson then went on to say that when she first heard about the Valkyrie role, Waititi pitched her as being the Han Solo of the film:
“It was quite collaborative but [Taika] and I got on from the minute we met each other. He pitched Valkyrie as sort of the Han Solo over the movie and so I sort of knew the space that she wanted to occupy, and we wanted to subvert any sort of cliches in our portrayal of her. I say ‘ours’ because he was really integral to that.”
It’s clear that Thompson really wanted Valkyrie to stand out and on her own in the MCU. In Ragnarok, she’s a new kind of hero. A heavy-drinking, tough as nails fighter who can take on any man that challenges her.
Thor: Ragnarok premieres in theatres on November 3, 2017.