Tom Hiddleston’s Loki entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2009’s Thor, and twelve years later, the character is all set to have his own series starting June 9. But did you know that Tom initially auditioned to play Thor?
In a 2019 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Tom revealed that he had actually never auditioned to play Loki and his three-month audition process before the first Thor movie was all about him getting the role of the God of Thunder.
Tom Hiddleston said: “Basically, they were looking for some kind of less established actors at the time, so the audience had no association. They just wanted people to see these new characters, these new actors. And the agreement was, if you are taller than 1.80 and you have blond hair, you can come and have a look. So I never auditioned for Loki. I only auditioned for Thor, which is crazy.”
Thor director Kenneth Branagh also talked about the audition in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said: “Tom gave you the impression that he could be prepared for anything in terms of performance. Tom has a wild imagination, just like Loki. He has a mischievous sense of humor and was ready to play. It felt like he was a star personality but he was a team player.”
Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson star Loki will begin streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar from June 9.