Tom attended a fundraising for BAFTA yesterday, hosted by Bulgari. Tom is also scheduled to attended the BAFTA Awards tomorrow, Sunday, as a presenter.
Last week, Tom attended a panel for Loki at the Royal Television Society, here are photos and video:
Tom Hiddleston would be in a lot of trouble if he were to talk any more about plans for the second series of Disney+ original series Loki.
Hiddleston left the sell out crowd at a panel discussion hosted by the Royal Television Society Wednesday evening (March 2) hungry for more details but the star of the Marvel show about the god of mischief and chaos, couldn’t and wouldn’t be drawn. “There is going to be a series two,” Hiddleston smiled mischievously. “That’s a complete sentence I think. I’ll get into real trouble if I say more.”
Hiddleston, who is also executive producer of Loki, was joined on stage in London by co-star Sophia Di Martino who plays Sylvie, series writer and exec producer Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron [who appeared via Zoom after the RTS fixed it so her “covid self” could join the event live.]
Hosted by film critic and broadcaster Rhianna Dhillon, they pulled back the curtain on the first series, delivering a detailed behind the scenes look at all things Loki.
Marvel Studios’ Loki features Hiddleston’s mischief making god as he steps of his brother’s shadow Thor in a Disney+ series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Starring opposite an eye-catching cast including Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant, Herron directed all six episodes. Waldron is the show’s head writer and executive producer of the Marvel universe spin off.
Waldron, an Emmy award winning writer for his work on animated sci-fi dark comedy Rick and Morty, said when he first landed the Loki gig, he wanted to push the envelope with what they could do with the character and story.
“You’ve got to test the fences,” Waldron, who has also penned the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness feature film for Marvel. “With [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige, you get to see how far you can go,” Waldron noted. “So you write in Sylvie soccer kicking an armadillo with a laser mounted on its back and they tell you ‘OK, that’s too much. I like the mind invasion but maybe pull back on the laser armadillo.’”
RTS members were treated to other insights including the moment Herron (whose previous credits include comedy drama Sex Education for Netflix) landed Owen Wilson to play Mobius in Loki. Studio reps had been on casting calls but word came from Wilson’s people that he wanted only to talk to Herron.
“I had all this weight on my shoulders,” Herron said. “I just remember he said something to me that made me so excited. ‘I want to play something outside of myself and that no one’s ever seen.'”
Hiddleston said working with Waldron’s intense wordy scripts and Herron’s favoured long takes opposite Wilson was rewarding.
“Owen actually turned to me at one point said, ‘this feels like a play,’” Hiddleston smiled.
Di Martino, who had just given birth and relocated to the US with her family for the shoot, said she coped with playing a starring role opposite Hiddleston and company by pretending it was just another job, albeit a big one.
“And then there’s a moment where you’re on the stage in the studio with, you know, Gugu [Mbatha-Raw] and Tom, and we’re doing this huge fight scene,” Di Martino laughed. “And there was a moment towards the end of filming where I was like, ‘Shit. I’m doing a Marvel show.’”
Di Martino and company is readying to do it all again soon.
New interview with Tom from today at Royal Television Society panel discussion for Loki.
Tom Hiddleston has said he sees himself as a “temporary torchbearer” when it comes to playing Marvel’s god of chaos.
Hiddleston made the comments in a panel discussion about Disney Plus’ original series “Loki” on Wednesday evening hosted by the Royal Television Society. Hiddleston was joined on stage in London, U.K. by his co-star Sophia Di Martino, who plays Sylvie, series writer Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron [who appeared via Zoom.]
“I’m a temporary torchbearer,” Hiddleston said of sharing the character with Di Martino as well as Richard E. Grant and an alligator — all of whom play Loki variants — in the series. “I’ve always thought that. It’s a great role. It’s an archetype, the trickster god, the agent of chaos. I’m just here interpreting that for the time being. Loki has been here for centuries and will be here for centuries more and I’m just stepping into that silhouette for now.”
His comments come as the first tranche of Marvel Cinematic Universe faces — including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans — hang up their superhero suits following the release of “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
Hiddleston, who has now been playing Loki for over a decade, explained that he was drawn to making the eponymous limited series due to the show’s themes of identity and acceptance. “This idea of somehow the [Time Variance Authority] confronting Loki with the shape-shifting nature of his identity and asking him ‘Who are you?’ I found it a new avenue to explore with this character I’ve been playing for a while,” Hiddleston said. “It felt original. It didn’t feel like we were repeating.”
“Loki,” which centers around time travel, even touches on more erudite topics such as philosophy and psychology. “Michael [Waldron] and I were having breakfast a couple of years ago when [he’d] written that first pilot and found ourselves talking about psychoanalytic theory and repetition compulsion and [the question of] can you ever change?” Hiddleston recalled. “Is it possible for people to change? Even if you do will people accept that you’ve changed? Is it possible to know yourself entirely?”
“And then Owen [Wilson] came and was so forensic about examining all of that stuff, and then we realized we were in a police detective thriller. When I was cast as Loki however many years ago, I never thought this character is a detective. But he is here.”
In a wide-ranging talk, Hiddleston, Di Martino, Waldron and Herron discussed various aspects of the series, which will be returning for a second season. “You’ve got to test the fences,” Waldron, who has also written the forthcoming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” said of some of the show’s wackier elements (such as the afore-mentioned Loki alligator).
“With [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige, you get to see how far you can go,” Waldron explained. “So you write in Sylvie soccer kicking an armadillo with a laser mounted on its back and they tell you ‘OK, that’s too much. I like the mind invasion but maybe pull back on the laser armadillo.’”
Waldron also revealed that “Loki’s” dialogue-heavy structure was “me testing the fences. That could have easily been another laser armadillo situation.”
He recalled turning in a 15-page dialogue scene between Loki and Mobius for the pilot episode with the expectation he’d eventually cut it down. “And instead the response came back, ‘Can this be longer?’” Waldron said. “And so then I got excited.”
In Waldron’s eyes, the extended dialogue made sense for the character. “One of Loki’s superpowers is his ability to talk his way out of any situation, talk his way into any situation. You want to watch Superman fly, so I wanted to watch Loki talk.”
“And so because this was a show — because we had six hours — that was the most exciting thing to me,” Waldron said. “We get to take a villain from an action movie franchise and have these dialogue-heavy scenes that feel like prestige television.”
The extended dialogues and long takes (“I love a long take,” Herron admitted) also gave the actors the sense they were acting in a theater at points. “Owen actually turned to me at one point said, ‘This feels like a play,’” Hiddleston recalled.
The scale of the show presented a challenge, however. “It was like making almost three Marvel movies just because we were filming so many hours of content at the same time,” Herron said. “I think I just didn’t think about it in terms of the massive scale and just tried to tackle it day by day, just because it was such a mammoth task to get it done.”
Di Martino had recently given birth when she embarked on the shoot, which required her to relocate (with her family) across the Atlantic, so she said it took some time to grapple with the enormity of the job. “There was a lot going on,” said Di Martino. “I think I didn’t really come to terms with it. I just sort of ignored it for as long as possible and just treated it like any other job.”
“And then there’s a moment where you’re on the stage in the studio with, you know, Gugu [Mbatha-Raw] and Tom, and we’re doing this huge fight scene,” Di Martino recalled. “And there was a moment towards the end of filming where I was like, ‘Shit. I’m doing a Marvel show.’ I think it took a while to sink in.”
Loki is set to start filming soon and they just found their directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Article via Collider:
Disney+ has been expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its line of shows dedicated to major and recurring players. The premiere of Loki saw record viewing numbers on the streaming platform, along with rave reviews for its story and Tom Hiddleston’s performance as the titular character. As the show begins its second season, fans are eager to hear any and all updates regarding production. Per an exclusive with Deadline, Disney has tapped Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead to co-direct a majority of the episodes of Loki Season 2.
The duo will replace the previous director Kate Herron, who chose not to return following the Season 1 finale. “I always planned to be just on for this,” Herron explained in a July interview, “I’m really happy to watch it as a fan next season, but I just think I’m proud of what we did here, and I’ve given it my all. I’m working on some other stuff yet to be announced.” Benson and Moorhead will also direct two episodes of another upcoming Marvel show, Moon Knight, premiering in March. Reportedly, it was the duo’s work on the show that impressed Disney executives enough to quickly attachment them to Loki’s second season.
Loki premiered in June 2021 and ran until mid-July. The six-episode season quickly became a character study into Hiddleston’s long-time Marvel villain-turned hero. Season 1 players Owen Wilson, who played Time Variance Authority agent Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s TVA judge Ravonna Renslayer have confirmed to be returning. In an interview with The Wrap, Wilson confirmed that filming will start soon.
Original writer and showrunner Michael Waldron is also returning to the show but as an executive producer alongside Hiddleston. Eric Martin will pen the upcoming six episodes of the second season. Many plot details are still under wraps, but the chance of meeting variants of fan-favorite characters remains high as ever. Fans know that season 1’s finale led to the creation of the multiverse, which was then broke in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Many upcoming marvel projects like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will deal with the fallout of Sylvie’s and Doctor Strange’s actions.
With Benson and Moorhead at the helm, the upcoming season is set to be as visually stunning as its debut season. The duo have collaborated on a number of projects including 2019 reboot of The Twilight Zone and sci-fi horror show Archive 81. While production gets underway, fans eagerly await news regarding the MCU’s next time-breaking phase.
Tom Hiddleston attended the 74th Annual Tony Awards, where he was nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role in Betrayal. He didn’t win, unfortunately, but we got some photos and videos.
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