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.