Chris Hemsworth Heads to 'Candy Store' & May Play Steve McQueen
After fighting North Korean invaders in Red Dawn (which was actually completed a few years ago), it looked like Chris Hemsworth might pick up a gun again for the adaptation of Vince Flynn's American Assassin from Traitor director Jeffrey Nachmanoff. However, The Wrap has word that the Thor star has passed on that project and is now attached to Stephen Gaghan's crime thriller Candy Store, which already has names like Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx circling. In addition, Hemsworth is also considering playing Steve McQueen in a biopic called Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago. More below!
With Candy Store, Gaghan (the writer of Traffic) is scripting and directing the thriller about a highly trained, deep cover operative who starts his life over in Brooklyn as a beat cop only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting before is now operating in his new backyard. When we first reported on the project, the other big name actors were still in talks, and we're not sure if any deals have been finalized yet. But if those kinds of names are in the running, the Oscar-winning Gaghan must have crafted another fantastic script.
Meanwhile, Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago, would have Hemsworth joining his younger brother Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2, The Hunger Games franchise) in the film about actor Steve McQueen and the relationship he had with his stunt double Bud Elkins. More than likely the elder Hemsworth would take the lead as the real McQueen with Liam playing his stunt double, but that's not made clear. The script comes from newcomers Brandon and Philip Murphy, but it doesn't sound like there's a director attached yet, so this project is probably a couple years out still.
Both projects sound like great opportunities with their own treats to tempt Hemsworth. As of now, it's not clear if he has to choose between these projects or if he can do both at different times. Working with Gaghan and an all-star cast would certainly make Hemsworth an even bigger star (though after The Avengers and Thor, he's nearly at the top of his game). But it would be cool to see him working with his younger brother, and maybe even get him some more exposure with a bigger lead role (though that will happen after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives.