Rumor of the day: Thor: Ragnarok may have a director

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Oct 5, 2015, 7:42 PM EDT (Updated)

We've been expecting to hear news about Thor: Ragnarok soon, and now we may have some.

According to The Wrap, Marvel is in talks with director Taika Waititi to get behind the camera for the God of Thunder's third standalone outing. The New Zealand-based Waititi directed two episodes of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, and has also directed several feature films in his native country. His latest film, What We Do in the Shadows, is an excellent and hilarious fake documentary about four vampires sharing a house (you can check it out here -- I recommend it highly).

Waititi also co-wrote and starred in the film with Jemaine Clement -- see him in character below:

Waititi's only previous superhero movie experience was as an actor -- he played Hal Jordan's engineer pal Tom Kalmaku in the 2011 Green Lantern movie.

Waititi will follow in the footsteps of previous series directors Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World). Rumors briefly circulated that Branagh might return to the franchise, but apparently the only other person in contention against Waititi was Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

The filmmaker himself seemed to acknowledge the news on Twitter, writing "Oh jeez. Who blabbed?" in a post that has since been removed (thanks Slashfilm).

With his comedic background and experience making smaller films, Waititi may seem like an odd choice to direct an Asgardian epic that's said to be a pivotal part of Marvel's overall Phase 3 narrative, but at the same time, he falls right in line with other Marvel picks -- like Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Peyton Reed -- that have paid off.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) and Idris Elba (Heimdall) are all returning for the film, which opens on July 28, 2017. The plot and villain remain secrets for now.

Sound off below with your thoughts on the possible director of Thor: Ragnarok!

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