Catching up with BBC Radio 4's Front Row podcast this week there was an interview with Tom Hiddleston in which he was asked about whether, having already played the likes of Coriolanus, Prince Hal and Henry V whether there were any other Shakespeare characters he'd like to take on.
His answer was:
"I do have my eyes on something...you'll find out very soon, I think."
Now if that doesn't give us an excuse for excitement and speculation then I don't know what would. We can't assume stage, although that it what I'm keeping my fingers crossed for but who will he play?
He can tick off history and Roman tragedy from the canon. Obviously there is a Hamlet sized hole in his CV but is theatreland ready for another big starry Hamlet hot on the heels of Benedict Cumberbatch and with Andrew Scott is playing the Dane early next year at the Almeida? It's an obvious choice - a bit obvious and predictable - but my second thought was a comedy: I could see him playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.
I've subsequently done a bit of Googling and found this interview with Kenneth Branagh from 2014 in which he hints that he'd love to direct Tom in Much Ado. Ken's theatre production company currently has a residency at the Garrick, so there is that.
Anyone got any other inspired suggestions or even slightly tongue in cheek ones? @VampireSoup has already suggested Beatrice in Much Ado which would be a hoot.
If you want to listen to the entire interview with Tom which was broadcast on May 6, the podcast is available via the iPlayer.
I saw Tom in both Othello and Ivanov which were pre-Loki fame. I wrote only short reviews of both in which he didn't get a mention sadly.