Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor?

From the department of “Huh?!” comes this snippet via Variety:

Kenneth Branagh is negotiating to direct “Thor,” the next Marvel Comics property that will be turned into a live-action film by Marvel Studios. Pic will be released in 2010.

As plausible as it seems for the man who directed Hamlet to bring that oh-so melodramatic air to the son of Odin, given his previous roles, it seems an odd choice for the star. Although I could see him playing Thor….

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