Chris Hemsworth To Play The God Of Thunder?!?

Chris Hemsworth To Play The God Of Thunder?!?

Jay Cochran - May 17, 2009
The website Deadline Hollywood is reporting that actor Chris Hemsworth has been cast to play the God of Thunder in Marvel Entertainment's upcoming Thor movie. Chris most recently appeared on the big screen as James T. Kirk's dad George Kirk in the J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek.

The way Chris Hemsworth got the part of Thor is one of those great Hollywood backstories that happens only once in a blue moon. Ward had found Chris during one of the manager's many scouting trips to Australia. Ward brought him to Los Angeles and really put him out there to casting directors and production executives. As for the major agencies, I hear CAA passed on the meeting, Endeavor took it but passed on repping him, and ICM was interested but dragged their feet. But Ilene Feldman understood his appeal immediately.Chris Hemsworth A George Kirk

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.

Thor is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and will be released on May 20, 2011.


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monron999 - 2009-05-19 @ 6:07 am

WTF is this Chris Hemsworth kid all of a sudden. Of course he's to young to play The Thunder God. He was too young for his role on Star Trek. Gotta believe at least some of Thor will be CGI or another, buffer actor.

BigBearJahlon - 2009-05-19 @ 3:39 am

I pretty much hated most of Marvel's choices for leads: Tobey McGuire, for Spidey, Robert Downey for Stark, the dude in the first Hulk film, and that horror that was Punisher. But a few like Tobey & Downey surprised me. However, Thor is supposed to be super buff. How muscular is this cat? He looks a little thin.

Jmacq1 - 2009-05-18 @ 6:43 pm

They wanted a younger actor to play Thor, because they want someone that can potentially carry a franchise for 10 years. Expect Captain America to be "young" too.

shokker - 2009-05-18 @ 6:30 pm

dont realy know about him being thor. he seems a little young no? well i wanna see him in costume. is he playing the human part or will he be thor?

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