Marvel Studios has cast "Obsessed" star Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall, guardian of Asgard in the new epic "Thor."
The London born Elba has had prominent roles in "28 Weeks Later," "The Reaping," Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls," "American Gangster" and "RocknRolla." He also appeared in a nine-episode arc on "The Office" last year.
Heimdall's duty is to protect the mythical Asgard by standing on the BiFrost bridge between Earth and the Norse god's home.
Director Kenneth Branagh has recruited a number of strong actors for the potential new franchise including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Tom HIddleston. Newcomer Chris Hemsworth will play the hammer wielding hero.
Production on "Thor" should begin in mid-January in Los Angeles.