Taika Waititi brings Māori hero to Thor

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:35AM
Taika Waititi will star in Thor: Ragnarok, which he is directing. Photo / Getty
Taika Waititi will star in Thor: Ragnarok, which he is directing. Photo / Getty

Taika Waititi has cast himself in his upcoming Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok – and his character will have a Māori accent.

According to Vanity Fair, Marvel Studios invited journalists to their offices on Monday to unveil material from their slate of upcoming films.

Waititi was present, and reportedly revealed one of the new characters in Ragnarok will be played by none other than Taika Waititi.

The Kiwi director will play Korg, a large, rocky beast from the comics that joins Chris Hemsworth's Thor in the gladiator ring.

Vanity Fair reports Waititi will be bringing his Kiwi roots to the role, playing Korg with a "lilting Māori accent".

Two reasons I think about quitting everyday.

A post shared by Taika Waititi (@taikawaititi) on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT

Waititi said he initially wanted to cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the role, but joked "there wasn’t enough chicken and salmon in New Zealand" to sustain the muscles of him and Hemsworth.

Fans of the director are used to his cameos in his films – from his loveable vampire in What We Do in the Shadows to the awkward minister in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Ricky Baker has a lot of explaining to do.

A post shared by Taika Waititi (@taikawaititi) on Apr 10, 2017 at 7:20pm PDT

If the "skux life" graffiti in the trailer wasn't enough to get us excited for Thor: Ragnarok, this definitely is. Go Taika!