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'Star Trek' Actor to Wield Thor's Hammer

May 18, 2009 04:45:38 GMT

Marvel Studios are in final negotiations with Chris Hemsworth, the actor who plays George Kirk in recent 'Star Trek' film, for the lead character in 'Thor'.


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Lead actor for "Thor" may have been found in Chris Hemsworth. The 25-year-old who was recently seen portraying Captain Kirk's father, George, in "Star Trek" has been reported to be in final talks with Marvel Studios to star as the hammer-wielding superhero in the upcoming comic books adaptation.

Words are, Chris will be playing the part in both "Thor" and Marvel's other superhero movie, "The Avengers". Chris had previously read for the part but wasn't given a test because a casting director had passed on him early on. His competition for the role included "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" star Channing Tatum, "True Blood" actor Alexander Skarsgard and his own brother Liam Hemsworth.

An adaptation of the comic book franchise launched in 1962, "Thor" will be set in modern time. It tells the story of a Norse god, Thor, who develops a protective affinity for humans after his father Odin banishes him to Earth, in order to teach him a lesson in humility. Natalie Portman has been linked to take the female lead. Paramount Pictures will distribute this superhero film, which script is provided by screenwriter Mark Protosevich, in theaters across the U.S. on May 20, 2011.

Chris Hemsworth was known for his role in Australian TV series "Home and Away". In 2008, he landed the role of George Samuel Kirk Sr. for 2009-released "Star Trek". Set to star alongside Eric Bana in "A Perfect Getaway", the Melbourne-born actor has recently scored himself another big-budgeted movie, "Red Dawn". In the remake of 1984 war film, he will take on the lead character, stepping into Patrick Swayze's role named Jed Eckert.

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posted by swankandrea on May 27, 2011
Whatever people it was GREAT!
posted by Sayamenuki on Apr 04, 2011
I knew I knew that face. Thanks for casting Chris Hemsworth. Looking very forward to watching Thor. Whew.
posted by shamaninsac on Jul 30, 2009
I was so stoked to hear they were making a THOR movie. After seeing who is being cast as THOR...I have NO desire to see this movie. Another good movie screwed by poor casting
posted by tom hiddleston on Jun 01, 2009
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posted by chris hemsworth on Jun 01, 2009
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posted by andries price on Jun 01, 2009
i like chris hemsworth as thor and tom hiddleston as loki so i will see thor in theatres 2011 see ya.
posted by Maccid on May 18, 2009
Damn Grey's Anatomy, Kevin McKidd would have made a better Thor.

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