Comic fans, set phasers to “thunder.”
Dateline Hollywood Daily has reported that Chris Hemsworth, recently seen as Captain George Kirk in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek film, has been cast to play Thor, the God of Thunder, in the 2011 film by Marvel Studios and director Kenneth Branagh.
According to Nikki Finke:
Chris had read for the part of Thor but wasn’t given a test because a casting director had nixed him early on. I’m told Chris’ younger brother Liam (who’s also a ROAR client) then tested for the role of Thor, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige passed. Then, after a conversation with Ward (“You’ve got to reconsider Chris, he’s your guy”), Feige decided to let Chris read again. And once Marvel put him on tape, it was “Oh my god”. Branagh came to town last week and saw the Chris test and made the final casting decision today.
The 25-year-old Hemsworth has been a bit of an unknown in America, only coming to our attention with the Star Trek reboot, but he has performed in more than 170 episodes of the Australian soap opera Home and Away. He has also recently won the lead role in the upcoming remake of Red Dawn.
That said, Finke’s track record has not been spotless: she was the one who fanned the unsubstantiated rumors this past summer of Dan DiDio’s demise as head of DC Editorial, suggesting that Jonah Hex writer Joey Palmiotti or Flash: Rebirth editor Joey Cavalieri would assume the mantle. (Battle for the Cowl indeed!) But if Finke is correct on this rumor, what say you, Rama readers? Is Hemsworth worthy of Mjolnir’s might?