Kenneth Branagh talks Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (by ShortListMag) in which he reveals he’d love to direct Tom Hiddleston in an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing at the end of the interview

With an ability to quote Shakespeare like most men can quote Anchorman, Kenneth Branagh is an unmistakable authority on the Bard. More importantly, of course, he’s brought us some of the most memorable adaptations of his work to-date.

And when we recently caught up with the man himself for a chat, Branagh hinted that there might yet be another to add to that esteemed list, revealing that he’d love to direct Tom Hiddleston in an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

Having already directed Hiddleston in 2011’s Thor, Branagh is keen on a reunion with the star who’s currently earning glowing West End reviews in Coriolanus, seeing him as the perfect fit for the character of Benedick:

"It would be great to do. Tom is a fantastic comedian, great in Shakespeare anyway. I remember us having a conversation about it, where I said, from my point of view, Benedick was the most fun character to play and experience - and I know he’d be marvellous in it, so we must try and do that."

Whether it be for the stage or screen remains to be seen, although whatever happens it’s clearly not going to be much ado about nothing.

'The Avengers' star Tom Hiddleston on being Loki and meeting unexpected fans
by Adam Markovitz on Aug 5, 2013 at 12:00PM
Whether he’s channeling bow-down-to-me villainy as Loki in The Avengers and Thor or bookish wit as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, Tom Hiddleston is one of the most exciting British actors to hop the pond in recent years. And we’re not the only ones who think so. “I met David O. Russell for dinner when he was in London for Silver Linings Playbook. I just wanted to tell him how much I loved the film. And he basically spent an hour telling me why he thinks Midnight in Paris is the greatest film that’s been made in the last 20 years, and he insisted on taking a picture because he was such a fan of Fitzgerald,” recalls Hiddleston, 31, who’s part of EW’s New Hollywood cover package, on stands now. “And I wanted to say, ‘David, can you please stop? I need to tell you how great your film is!’”
That kind of reaction isn’t unusual for Hiddleston anymore — and it’s not just industry insiders who are starstruck.  ”I was going through the security machines at Heathrow, and the guard’s eyes went wide, and he said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Loki! Then the whole line turned around. It turned into Comic-Con,” he says. “But I always say, an actor cannot call himself an actor without an audience.”
Fans will get another chance to catch Hiddleston in his Loki cape in Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8) before he heads to London’s West End to star in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. (He’s also in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire filmOnly Lovers Left Alive next year.) And after that, Hiddleston says he’ll let his instincts guide his career choices — a bit of advice he got in an email from Thor director Kenneth Branagh when Hiddleston was pondering a tricky decision. “It said, ‘There are no wrong decisions. And you will make the right decision.’ It sounds rather Jedi-like. But what he was trying to say was, ‘Don’t live your life in the fear of making the wrong choice. Just go with your gut,’” Hiddleston says. “The people who excite me are the ones who go with their gut. I think of Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Bill Murray, Heath Ledger while he was still with us, Pacino, DeNiro, Branagh. They seem to be very quietly confident about their instinct. As actors they have chased the things that inspire them, which end up being even more wonderful than what we could’ve wished.”
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'The Avengers' star Tom Hiddleston on being Loki and meeting unexpected fans

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That kind of reaction isn’t unusual for Hiddleston anymore — and it’s not just industry insiders who are starstruck.  ”I was going through the security machines at Heathrow, and the guard’s eyes went wide, and he said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Loki! Then the whole line turned around. It turned into Comic-Con,” he says. “But I always say, an actor cannot call himself an actor without an audience.”

Fans will get another chance to catch Hiddleston in his Loki cape in Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8) before he heads to London’s West End to star in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. (He’s also in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire filmOnly Lovers Left Alive next year.) And after that, Hiddleston says he’ll let his instincts guide his career choices — a bit of advice he got in an email from Thor director Kenneth Branagh when Hiddleston was pondering a tricky decision. “It said, ‘There are no wrong decisions. And you will make the right decision.’ It sounds rather Jedi-like. But what he was trying to say was, ‘Don’t live your life in the fear of making the wrong choice. Just go with your gut,’” Hiddleston says. “The people who excite me are the ones who go with their gut. I think of Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Bill Murray, Heath Ledger while he was still with us, Pacino, DeNiro, Branagh. They seem to be very quietly confident about their instinct. As actors they have chased the things that inspire them, which end up being even more wonderful than what we could’ve wished.”