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Patty Jenkins to direct Thor sequel

Hollywood has signed up its first female director for a major superhero movie.

Marvel Studios announced Patty Jenkins will direct Thor 2, the sequel to last summer's hit that is due in cinemas on November 15 2013.

Patty is best-known for writing and directing 2003's Monster, which earned Charlize Theron the best-actress Academy Award.

Her credits also include episodes of Entourage and Arrested Development.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his title role in Thor 2 as the Norse god of thunder, with co-stars Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston also returning.

The first Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, took in 448 million dollars worldwide.

Another female filmmaker, Lexi Alexander, made the lower-budgeted Marvel movie The Punisher: War Zone in 2008. But Patty is the first woman to direct a blockbuster superhero franchise.

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