Zachery Ty Bryan? The eldest son from “Home Improvement”? As Viking superman Thor? Seriously? Is this some sort of sick joke?
Well, kind of. You didn’t think I was talking about the upcoming blockbuster based on Marvel Comics’ Thor comic book character did you? Oops. I probably should clarify. You see Zachery Ty Bryan will be playing a viking named “Thor” in the upcoming Sci-Fi Channel original movie Hammer of the Gods. Described as “a supernatural action horror set amongst warring vikings,” the film deals with an angry Viking who goes to war with the Gods battling giants, trolls, Valkyries, and such.
Produced by the United Film Organization, Hammer of the Gods is directed by Todor Chapkunov (Sci-Fi’s surprisingly good Copperhead) from a script by the increasingly prolific Sci-Fi Channel screenwriter Rafael Jordan, the scribe behind Copperhead and this past weekend’s Yeti. The film was shot earlier this year in that Viking stronghold known as Bulgaria. Look for it on Sci-Fi sometimes next year.
Yeah, that was kind of sick joke there for a moment, wasn’t it? I still have a hard time picturing Ty Bryan as any Viking, let alone one named Thor. But in fairness, the Sci-Fi Channel original Aztec Rex earlier this year cast original “90210” alumni Ian Ziering as a Spanish Conquistador and, frankly, casting choices don’t get any odder than that. Well, Denise Richards as a brilliant nuclear physicist in The World is Not Enough was pushing credibility to its breaking point. And who can ever forget a rather portly James Earl Jones as the coach of a world championship Tae Kwon Do team in Best of the Best.
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