Lena Headey Was Cut From THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER... And Is Now Being Sued By Her Former Agency!
It's come to light that Game of Thrones star Lena Headey originally had a role in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the actress is now being sued by her former agency over unpaid commission fees.
Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi recently revealed that a four-hour cut of the movie existed before it was edited down to just under two hours for its theatrical release, and it sounds like quite a few key scenes - and characters - ended up being cut from the film.
Christian Bale (Gorr) has confirmed that both Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster) and Peter Dinklage (Eitri) were originally going to appear, and it's now been revealed that Game of Thrones alum Lena Headey also shot a scene/scenes that ended up being removed from the Ragnarok sequel for whatever reason.
This came to light in a piece by Variety, who reports that Headey is being sued for $1.5 million by her former U.K. agency Troika over unpaid commission fees relating to her Love and Thunder part and a number of other projects.
Troika (which re-branded as YMU in 2020) is claiming that Headey owes the agency at least $500,000 for her earnings on the Marvel Studios blockbuster, and is "seeking an account of commission fees owed, an order for Headey to pay the fees, damages for breach of contract, interest and reimbursement of legal fees."
In her defence, Headey denies ever signing any contract with Troika, and says both parties were acting on an oral agreement. The actress also disputes that Troika has any claim to commission on her work on Thor: Love and Thunder, which reportedly came about after Waititi "approached her directly."
Having seen Love and Thunder, we can confirm that Headey doesn't appear in the movie or its post-credits scenes, but we'd be very interested to find out who she was cast as! With any luck, her scenes will be included on the Blu-ray release.
Portman and Thompson are standouts; Bale... Ehh. He tries something with Gorr that didn't quite work for me, and would have benefited from a few more scenes. All in all, though, thoroughly enjoyed it.— Mark Cassidy (@RorMachine) June 29, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.
Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters July 8, 2022.