Tom Hiddleston promises lots of laughs in Thor: Ragnarok

Director Taika Waititi was thrilled to receive the opportunity to helm a Hollywood blockbuster.

Tom Hiddleston has promised fans that there will be plenty of humour in Thor: Ragnarok.

The British actor is reprising his role as Loki in the upcoming superhero film, the latest instalment in the franchise based around the Marvel Comics character Thor, as portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is taking the helm of the flick, and Tom has praised the director for injecting a new sense of fun into the series, which takes place four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World and follows Thor as he is held captive on the planet Sakaar without his hammer Mjolnir.

"Taika's been so respectful of the mythology," he told Empire magazine. "But he's injected so much humour into it. He's given every character laugh-out-loud moments without betraying their integrity."

Taika joined the franchise after director Alan Taylor chose not to return after The Dark World.

His background has been in making independent films such as Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, but he was more than willing to tackle a Hollywood blockbuster.

"It's never been my plan to come and make big studio films. I was very happy just making my kind of films, 'cause they're a lot easier and shorter," he shared. "On reflection, I realised what fun I could have with the tools and the toys and the cast they were suggesting. I think you can still make art within the studio system. You just have to kind of dress it up in a certain way. And sort of subvert it."

Thor: Ragnarok, which also stars Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo and Cate Blanchett, hits cinemas from late October.

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