Disney has reshuffled its release dates in light of Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger once again getting the green light to go ahead with Johnny Depp as its star in early 2013. Thor 2 will now be released on 15 November 2013, with an animated Phineas & Ferb film hitting cinemas in Thor 2‘s old slot of 26 July 2013.
Shortly after this announced, Marvel Studios confirmed (via a press release) that Monster and AMC’s The Killing director Patty Jenkins will be given Odin’s directing hammer as previously reported. There’s also casting confirmations, indicating that Tom Hiddleston as Loki will return after The Avengers.
The official press notes:
Marvel Studios announced today that Patty Jenkins will direct THOR 2, which will be released in theatres on Friday, November 15, 2013. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will return to star in the film along with Tom Hiddleston. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce the sequel to this summer’s blockbuster THOR, which has grossed over $448 million worldwide to date.
Patty Jenkins previously directed MONSTER starring Charlize Theron, who won an Academy Award® for her performance in the film. Jenkins, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the pilot of AMC’s acclaimed series The Killing, has also directed episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development. Most recently, she directed “Pearl,” one of the five short films that comprise Lifetime’s original movie FIVE.
In addition to THOR 2, Marvel Studios is currently scheduled to release MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012, and IRON MAN 3 which is slated for release on May 3, 2013.