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Patty Jenkins is to direct the Thor sequel

Patty Jenkins is to direct the Thor sequel

Patty Jenkins is to direct the 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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