Jeff Goldblum Talks The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel Studios dropped a bombshell back in May when they confirmed the cast for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, confirming that Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson would join the film along with Karl Urban and none other than Jeff Goldblum. Speaking with Empire, Goldblum opened up about what we can expect from his character, The Grandmaster.

“He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker, an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching.” He’s putting his unique Goldblum stamp on the role, too. “[Taika Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!”

Goldblum went on to reveal he would only be filming the production for “three weeks or a month” while it shoots in Austrailia.

A member of the Elders of the Universe in the source material, The Grandmaster has an obsession with playing games, which leads into recent rumors that his character will be running a series of gladiatorial games. That is also where we will reportedly find Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in a Planet Hulk-inspired costume.

Chris Hemsworth returns for the film as the God of Thunder himself with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin. Tessa Thompson will take on the role of the classic hero Valkyrie, with Karl Urban as Skurge, and Cate Blanchett as the main villain, Hella.

Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (Two Cars, One Night, What We Do in the Shadows). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.

Thor: Ragnarok will smash its way into theaters on November 3, 2017.

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