Karl Urban
Karl Urban promises his Skurge will give Chris Hemsworth's Thor a run for his money Stuart C. Wilson / Getty

In mid-May the cast list for Marvel's upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok was finally confirmed and among the expected names such as Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston were some welcome surprises; Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Karl Urban was also excitingly mentioned in the roster, revealed to be playing villainous character Skurge.

While promoting his latest picture Star Trek Beyond, Empire probed the 43-year-old actor as to what fans can expect from his version of the comic book baddie, wondering specifically whether he will be causing havoc for the film's titular hero.

"Yes," Urban stated, careful not to give away too much. "I can't really say too much about it but I'm thrilled to be working with Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most thrilling directors to come around in a long time and [with] such an extraordinary cast [too]." As well as the previously mentioned stars, it was also established that Hopkins and Elba would be reprising their respective roles as Thor's father Odin and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall, so it's not a surprise why Urban was so keen to work on the project.

"I read the script and it was so on point that I had to be a part of it. It's a fun, action-packed, character-driven piece and the character of Skurge has a fantastic story, a great arc. I can't wait to do it." Urban also confirmed that the film will start shooting in August of this year, working with a screenplay penned by Stephany Folsom, ahead of its UK release date on 27 October 2017. (It will come out in the US on 3 November).

Aside from Star Trek Beyond, where he will be seen for the third time as the USS Enterprise's chief medical officer Leonard 'Bones' McCoy opposite Chris Pine's Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock, Urban will next star in fantasy adventure Pete's Dragon with Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.

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