class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-8671″ title=”Stuart Townsend” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Walking off the set of Lord of the Rings must have been hard for Stuart Townsend, a hardship compounded with the acclaim which greeted his replacement, Viggo Mortensen, as Aragorn.

So, the knives will be out for Joshua Dallas then if his performance as Fandral, an ally of the titular Norse God, is any good as THR are breaking news of Townsend’s ‘creative differences’ inspired departure from Kenneth Branagh’s Marvel epic.

Rumours are abounding of late of what caused this last minute cast change but Townsend clearly convinced Marvel that he was the right man for the God, and while his career as an actor is in danger of being overshadowed by his career as Chalize Theron’s significant other, the decision to throw him off the set of one of the most anticipated films (and potential franchises) of this year must be a hard blow to take.