Stuart Townsend, who was cast as one of “The Warriors Three” in Kenneth Branagh’s production of "Thor" for Marvel Studios, has left due to creative differences. Replacing Townsend (left) as Fandral the Dashing will be relative unknown Joshua Dallas (right) according to two anonymous inside sources.
The change is very last minute with principal photography set to begin this week and I wonder what sort of creative dispute would make Stuart bail on such a high profile project. According to AICN, he apparently showed up six hours late to a screen test...so the term "creative differences" can just mean he was fired.
This is the first hiccup we’ve seen on the production of "Thor" as everything leading up to this point has been on the up and up for what has become an amazingly talented cast and crew.
Joshua Dallas played a prominent role in "The Descent: Part 2" and plays a secondary character in George Lucas’ "Red Tails." I’m not familiar with his acting myself, but I have faith in the team’s casting decision at picking budding stars as they did with the title character casting of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder.
Irish actor Townsend, best known as the boyfriend of Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, starred in “Queen of the Damned.” He lost a previous fantasy role as Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He was replaced at the last minute by Viggo Mortensen. No complaints there as Viggo was perfection as every one's favorite ranger of the North.
Joshua Dallas gets his big break here as part of "The Warriors Three" where he’ll fight as Fandral the Dashing along side Ray Stevenson’s Volstagg and Tadanobu Asano’s Hogun.
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Sources: Screen Rant, Live for Films