Near the end of July, once his press commitments for Star Trek Beyond were completed, Karl Urban (Dredd) headed Down Under to begin work on Thor: Ragnarok, which commenced filming on the Fourth of July. In the film, Urban is playing Skurge the Executioner, and in order to resemble his comic book counterpart, the 44-year-old New Zealand actor had his head shaved.
Fast-forward to now, Urban has wrapped up filming. He made the announcement on his official Twitter account, tweeting a photo of director Taika Waititi and a thank you message to the cast and crew.
"I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of," Urban told IGN back in May. "And the character is fantastic. He's got a great arc to him."
Great arc? Well, if they follow the comics at all, a great Skurge arc came in Thor #362 (written by Walt Simonson and published in December 1985), which is better known as "Skurge's Last Stand." In the story, Thor and his entourage travel to Hel to rescue some innocent humans, and when they need someone to stay behind to protect the bridge back to Asgard from Hela's army, Skurge -- a C-list villain at the time, best known for following Enchantress around like a love sick puppy -- surprisingly volunteers, valiantly fights the evil horde, and dies a hero.
The cast of Thor: Ragnarok features returning stars Chris Hemsworth (Rush) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island) as Thor's adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Idris Elba (The Dark Tower) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard. Newcomers to the franchise include Cate Blanchett (Cinderella) as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (Creed) as the classic hero Valkyrie, Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Skurge, and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) reprising his role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of Marvel's popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by filmmaker Taika Waititi. Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D'Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
Thor: Ragnarok will be released on November 3, 2017.