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Chris Hemsworth Officially Cast as Kenneth Branagh's Thor

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May 16, 2009
Source: Deadline Hollywood

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It looks like we finally have our Thor! After months and months of casting rumors, Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the Norse God of Thunder. You may not know Hemsworth by name yet, but if you've seen Star Trek, you know his face - he played Kirk's father George Kirk in the opening of that movie. Finke says that he got the role through some insistence on the part of his agent, and once he got on tape for a reading the second time, he was in. Hemsworth also scored the lead role in MGM's remake of Red Dawn that's also in development this year.

For the last few months, we've heard details off and on about who might play the role of Thor. The fan favorite all along has been Kevin McKidd, but then it was rumored in March that Alexander Skarsgård had been given the role. But now Finke confirms that Hemsworth has indeed been given the role. If I can say one thing, I loved that opening, and although he didn't have many lines, Hemsworth pulled off a great opening performance, and I can't wait to see what he does in a lead role. The last we heard, a few weeks ago, Kenneth Branagh was spending the rest of the year in pre-production with a start date set for January next year.

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Reader Feedback - 59 Comments

1

That's weird, I was watching Star Trek thinking "This guy might be an ok Captain America." Guess I missed the next logical step in the thought process.

WEAPON X on May 16, 2009

2

you cant be captain America if your Australian it is just not the American way LOL

nelson on May 16, 2009

3

if they give him a huge nordic beard and long hair i can see it. and I'm not against it either.

DoomCanoe on May 16, 2009

4

I was rootin' for Skarsgard, simply b/c of the coolness of his name. I hope Branagh is able to make Thor a character driven film w/ action setpieces & some humor. It'll be interesting to see this guy get in verbal spats with Tony Stark. I think Star Trek definitely showed he could convey some depth beneath his jocular exterior. Maybe they'll still make Stellan Skarsgard Odin? Is Josh Hartnett still favored to play Loki? Cuz now I'm having some trouble picturing it. I feel like against this guy, Loki would have to be noticably uglier.

Django on May 16, 2009

5

Ralph Fiennes was always my top choice for Loki

nelson on May 16, 2009

6

this guy is also gonna be in Whedon's Cabin in the Woods

Silver on May 16, 2009

7

who? who was he in star trek?

cat on May 16, 2009

8

read the article LOL

nelson on May 16, 2009

9

Hmmm... he's an alpha / alphaero kind of guy, so I guess he'd make a powerful Thor.

Justin on May 16, 2009

10

I like the choice. Just need to hear him scream "for Odin, for Asgard!" Please no Josh Hartnet as Loki.

Matt on May 16, 2009

11

I'm not against this guy - I liked him in Star Trek - but he just looks too All-American for Thor. He looks like a perfect choice for Captain America, quite honestly. I have doubts that a Thor film can make it on its own, then again who knows.

Adam Frazier on May 16, 2009

12

I can totally see it. And speaking about seeing him in Star Trek, when i was watching his stuff, all i could think was "Damn, they really went out and cast a dude who could pass for Kirk himself, just so audiences believed in the character, too bad he's going to die, what a waste". And now bam, the guy is cast in a big movie. Great choice imo, the guy has presence.

Darunia on May 16, 2009

13

Wow, if he's getting all these parts he must have had a lot of acting lessons since he left Aussie soap Home & Away. He was unbelievably wooden and inexpressive in that show, one of the worst actors on it. Perhaps he was just depressed at having to say such dreadful dialogue...

Mathieu on May 16, 2009

14

Coolness factor +10 for this actor! Loved him in Trek and now we get to see him shine!!! Great casting strikes once again!!!

Lazarus on May 16, 2009

15

Awesome awesome move. It is great can't wait to see it. Helped get Star Trek off to a get start. Give this man a beard and some long hair and I believe a star is born!

midnightlight on May 16, 2009

16

What's funny about this is the fact that I can see Chris Pine, this guy's son on-screen, being a perfect Captain America.

Dean on May 16, 2009

17

I love that #2 argue he can't be the Cap but can be a Norse god cause being Australian doesn't mess that up either. lol

LSP on May 16, 2009

18

because it doesn't LOL when you got "America" in you name you must be American simple as that you wouldn't cast brad pitt for the role of captain Britain would you?

nelson on May 17, 2009

19

@#18 Nelson they casted Chris Hemsworth an Australian actor to play Thor a Norse god Scarlett Johansson is playing Black Widow who is Russian in Iron Man 2 Tim Roth whos British played Russian soldier Emil Blonsky in The Incredible Hulk Wolverine who is Canadian and everyone knows that is been played by an Australian actor Hugh Jackman. so what if it has "American" in the name of Captain America it does not mean he will be played by an American actor it will be played by an good actor who looks like the character and actor like the character.

movieboy on May 17, 2009

20

A surprising but good choice. I thought he did a great job in the Star Trek opening. Unless I'm wrong, Thor never had a beard in the comics. Long hair, yes, but no beard.

elessar on May 17, 2009

21

SKARRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSGARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!

LINKFX on May 17, 2009

22

That being said, I like this guy's presence, I'm sure he can at least pull it off. Haven't seen him give much gravitas, hopefully he can play all of Branagh's big dramatic cues. Let's see if he can make a real character out of one of the most cardboard in the Marvel canon.

LINKFX on May 17, 2009

23

Also, he's got a bit of the Swayze in him, doesn't he?

LINKFX on May 17, 2009

24

sorry 19, but i agree with 18 that captain america has to be played by an american, its not like those other characters because their nationalities arent as important to their personas, while captain america's is based so much around the fact that he is an american

jh on May 17, 2009

25

Good luck with Hemsworth everyone needs a break. However I will not see this movie. Alexander Skarsgard would have been the perfect Viking God of Thunder. Also what bonehead director doesn't use an actor that has a huge fan base following, a hit HBO show. Who has charisma for both sexes and who is swedish. What.. that right Branagh. Good luck

Joanne on May 17, 2009

26

I think people of Scandanavian origin may disagree with you on that. That being said, what is American? And what is Scandanavian? Isn't an American just an Immigrant? And maybe Chris Hemsworth may be an ancestor of Scandanavians that immigrated to Australia...or maybe the immigrated from America....

LINKFX on May 17, 2009

27

I think anybody can play anyone as long as they have the right skills for it and the right look...it's acting, not Eugenics...

LINKFX on May 17, 2009

28

#18 why not Brad Pitt play Captain Britain. If the guy can pull off a remarkable gypsy accent in Snatch, I wouldn't see a problem. Does it matter where an actor comes from as long as he/she fits the role?

John J on May 17, 2009

29

@#24 jh and #18 Nelson ok so you saying Captain American should be played by an American right. so i guess Prince of Persia should be played by a Persian not an American actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

movieboy on May 17, 2009

30

#2 your are spot on. It would be dumb as hell to have an Australian play Captain America What would they be thinking. Next thing you know they'd have a U.K. actor playing Batman and Australian actor playing the part of Wolverine. Wolverine is canadian, so they should get Mike Myers to play the part. Oh hell yeah Baby! I'm gonna claw you and then I'm gonna shag ya baby yeah! WTF Seriously. It doesn't matter where you are from. If you can act then your in. There have been many Australians cast in these films. Eric Bana was a great Hulk and Hugh Jackman is a great Wolverine. Maybe they should cast an amazing american actor like they did when they cast Ben Asslick in Daredevil.

Last Son on May 17, 2009

31

Dude has been in Aussie soap Home & Away for years. I guess that makes him qualified for this role.

avoidz on May 17, 2009

32

#1 I THOUGHT THE SAME DAM THING , but i also could see him as thor, But Captain America above all is my favorite character so i hope they get someone good.

splinter on May 17, 2009

33

Maybe they can get Alan Cumming for Loki again 🙂

avoidz on May 17, 2009

34

First they had The Mexican with Brad Pitt and now we have The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise? Maybe they'll produce my film, The Last Nigga on Earth starring Tom Hanks.

Roberto Dinamite on May 17, 2009

35

or the Australian dude in Captain America!

Roberto Dinamite on May 17, 2009

36

Who honestly gives a fuck about THOR?! When did he become a "superhero" the people cared about?

sean on May 17, 2009

37

cheers #36...'Guess it's just too bad this movie will blow beyond belief anyways?

Voice of Reason on May 17, 2009

38

#36 - When it meant an Avengers movie coming one step closer. Also, I had no idea this guy was cast as the patrick swayze character in Red Dawn. Kick ass.

Chris H. on May 17, 2009

39

@34 Roberto Dinamite that comment you said about "The Last N-word on Earth starring Tom Hanks" is funny but Paul Mooney said it first

terry on May 18, 2009

40

#25: Just because an actor has a sizable fanbase doesn't mean they'd be any good for a role. I don't recall RDJ or Ledger having a sizable fanbase advocating their casting. In fact, there were sizable groups disparaging both choices. I think it shows guts on Branagh's part. Plus, Branagh is a better director and actor than any grumbling fanboy could ever be.

elessar on May 18, 2009

41

I don't see this movie making much money.

Ryderup on May 18, 2009

42

What about the guy that plays Benjamin in Lost? I think he'd make a good/creepy Loki.

S on May 18, 2009

43

I dunno. Too squeaky clean.

mandarin on May 18, 2009

44

@39, really??? Paul Mooney said it? noooo way!!

Roberto Dinamite on May 18, 2009

45

@17,18,19 i'm sure he was being mildly sarcastic =)

Dating in Toronto on May 28, 2009

46

@17,18,19 i think #2 was using sarcastic humor =)

Dating in Toronto on May 28, 2009

47

wow, what's with all the cardio geeks being cast as superhero's these days. I know chicks in my gym with bigger guns than this guy, and he's supposed to be a god? I think they really missed the boat on this. I hear they are trying to do a Conan remake, they are considering Sasha Baron Cohen for the lead...

tiredofchickenleggedsuperheros on Jun 20, 2009

48

I agree, he is going to have to put at least 30-40 lbs of muscle in order to pull this off; enough with the boyish good looks, it’s getting a bit sad, everyone looks too normal or too good looking. We go to the movies to watch movies that contain characters that are above our world, what is the point of seeing a normal cut dude with 30lbs of cloth and a hammer. Super heroes are just that, above normal "SUPER", super bodies and super strong, not all heroes are good looking it makes it more realistic.

carlos hernandez on Jul 21, 2009

49

@48 Yeah if only Hollywood could create digital effects. Maybe one day, eh mate?

atticus on Jul 22, 2009

50

Are they gonna give this guy steroids? I mean wtf?

brandon2179 on Jul 25, 2009

51

thor should be about 6-6'4 and built like a tank not the whimpy young captain kurt

matador on Aug 4, 2009

52

Chris will be perfect for the role! I have recently seen him on TMZ and Just Jared, he has gotten so much more buff! He said all he does is drink protein shakes and go to the gym to get in shape for this role! He def deserves it !

Meg on Oct 4, 2009

53

and also for all the others who are saying that he is wimpy and weak, what about Taylor Lautner for example, everyone sai that he would be crap because he is to wimpy and little for the role.. Look at him now!! He hs gained 30 Ibs and evryone loves him! Give Chris a break. People need to prepare for their roles. No one would be cast of their roles if they looked like they needed to on their movie on the day of their audition. Fuck sake.

Meg on Oct 4, 2009

54

Thor? I think that the rush of comic book movies is getting a little out hand. I only hope that this actor proves to be a good hero and the film does well.

Insurance medical on Oct 11, 2009

55

I really don't care about his ethnicity, but he seriously needs to pack on some muscle for this role. As far as Brad Pitt goes, he's been a British vampire, an Irish gypsy, and one hell of a Jesse James. So, why not? I had thought Orlando Bloom would have been great for Prince of Persia but Jake seems to do some justice. Guess we'll just have wait and see.

BlackestBreed on Apr 29, 2010

56

Ummm 'blackestbreed' Have u seen Chris lately? He is buff. They really only have old photos of him, but he has gotten so massive lately. He will be perfect for the role.

Maggie on Apr 29, 2010

57

@ Maggie- I have honestly searched for recent photos, but have turned up empty handed. I shall take your word, though if you could point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. I have friends that have vowed to not to see the film, if he does not look the part. Thank you.

BlackestBreed on Apr 30, 2010

58

Blackestbreed - Have you seen the Thor photo of Chris Hemsworth. I can honestly say that he looks the part 100%. No one could have been selected better then him. He looks tank in that photo. Look at his arms!! But that will be a shame for your friends to miss out. Although they shouldnt judge the entire movie from Chris.. I have faith that the movie will be a huge succes..

maggie on Apr 30, 2010

59

Also Chris Hemsworth is 191cm. So @matador you should stop complaining, because he fits the criteria perfectly.

maggie on Apr 30, 2010

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