Taika Waititi casts himself in Marvel's Thor
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has decided to cast himself as a rock beast in his own film.
Waititi is no stranger to the screen. He has acted in his earlier films, including Hunt For The Wilderpeople as well as playing a main role in What We Do In The Shadows.
The Kiwi director has been working on Marvel's third instalment of Thor, that is due to be released in November.
Waititi would play the role of Korg, a Kronan hulk-like rock beast, Vanity Fair reported. Korg, "like the piano," he told reporters.
The magazine said Waititi would be "will be laying on a lilting Maori accent for Ragnarok".
Waititi had hinted at his role in October last year, when he posted a picture of a Korg keyboard to Instagram saying: "Watch this space... Ragnarok."
Korg had appeared in the second Thor film, Thor: The Dark World, but was due to receive a makeover for the new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That makeover was yet to be completed, hence Korg couldn't appear in either trailer, Waititi told select reporters invited to Marvel's new Disney studio headquarters.
Korg needed to appear more relatable, and way less evil, Waititi said. His blank eyes and eroding rock skin weren't friendly enough.
"Because he's a good guy, we want people to love him and we want people to relate to him. And one of the easiest ways to relate to a character is the expression on his face, and particularly the eyes," he told The Holywood Reporter.
Waititi has been lightening up the Marvel world all through his production of Thor: Ragnarok.
Before Easter he hid a wee treat for his New Zealand fans, by putting some of Ricky Baker's street art in the back of Thor's trailer.
The film's first teaser also showed what it would be like to flat with him: good, not great, it seemed. The hammer-wielding god doesn't pay rent on time and really wants to get a servant, Waititi's video revealed.