Actress Cate Blanchett has made a career out of unrecognisable transformations, but her latest look may be her darkest yet.
The 47-year-old has had a gothic makeover for the upcoming blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, where she plays comic book supervillian Hela.
Dressed in a chic black leather outfit, complete with dark hair, nails and heavy mascara, Blanchett rightly fits the bill as the Goddess of Death, the Marvel Universe’s first major female villain.
The first trailer for the highly anticipated film, released on Tuesday, gave us a glimpse of Blanchett as Thor’s demonic foe.
Watch the Thor: Ragnarok trailer below:
In one scene, Blanchett can be seen catching Thor’s hammer, and with a sadistic smile, destroys Mjölnir with ease – a weapon only Thor (and Vision) can wield.
Blanchett’s character is the main attraction to the initial trailer, with what appears to show the Goddess of Death conquering and banishing Thor from his home, proclaiming “Asgard is dead”.
Hela has quickly become a social media sensation, with fans already itching to see more of Blanchett’s adoption.
Entertainment website The Verge is also believing the hype, touting Hela as possibly “the best Marvel villain since Loki”.
Blanchett’s pivot to supervillian should come as no surprise however, with the fact that the Oscar winner mastered the art of embodying otherworldly beauty and horror long ago.
Since her breakout role in Elizabeth (1998), as a fresh-faced redhead Queen Elizabeth I, Blanchett has emulated her chameleon-like shifts time and time again, from her rule in The Lord of the Rings (2001) as Galadriel to playing a cannibalistic insect in the 2017 short film Red.
This is the same woman who miraculously transformed into music legend Bob Dylan in the 2007 biopic I’m Not There.
Her adaption of 13 different characters, including a homeless man, in Manifesto (2015) highlights her ability to fit into almost any role.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, opens in cinemas on November 3.
Alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk makes an appearance, while Jeff Goldblum adds to the film’s already 1980s-inspired absurdity as the Grandmaster.
Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Tom Hiddleston with his beloved Loki, rounds out the star-studded cast.