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Monster Director Patty Jenkins to Helm Thor 2 For Marvel; Where Has She Been?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2011 at 5:44AM

Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed Charlize Theron in her powerhouse Oscar-winning performance in Monster (pictured in the 2004 Richard Avedon photo), will be the first woman to direct a superhero movie: Thor 2.
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Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed Charlize Theron in her powerhouse Oscar-winning performance in Monster (pictured in the 2004 Richard Avedon photo), will be the first woman to direct a superhero movie: Thor 2.

Marvel tends to choose idiosyncratic directors, from Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Kenneth Branagh (Thor) to Joss Whedon (The Avengers). Jenkins still seems an odd choice for a franchise comic movie, given that she is known for gritty indie Monster and TV credits such as The Killing pilot and Entourage, Arrested Development and The Sarah Silverman Program. See the Monster trailer below -- we've been waiting for her to direct another film for eight years -- but we'll take what we can get.

In Theron's Oscar acceptance speech the first person she thanked was her "incredible director."

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Comics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.