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With the fate of the Thor sequel up in the air, it seems things have settled somewhat with Marvel finding a replacement director for Patty Jenkins who stepped down last month. Marvel believes they have found the right director for the job in Alan Taylor. Taylor has done extremely well in directing episodic television shows including “Game of Thrones.”

Taylor has directed only two feature films “Palookaville,” and “Kill the Poor.” As previously mentioned he has distinguished himself with some of the most highly acclaimed and successful cable television series such as “Oz,” “Six Feet Under,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood,” “The Sopranos,” “Big Love,” “Mad Men,” “In Treatment,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Bored to Death,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

With the first Thor installment, directed by Kenneth Branagh, grossing over $448 million worldwide, it was imperative for Marvel to find a director who could apply the same style and experience for the sequel. A majority of fans are excited and believe Taylor is a terrific choice for the job.

“Thor 2” is expected to start production sometime next year with a November 15, 2013 theatrical release date. Returning for the sequel will be actors Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston. Actors who are expected to reprise their roles are Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, and Tadanobu Asano. Alan Taylor directs.

Sources: deadline, comicbookmovie, IMDb