Chris Hemsworth has been cast as Thor! Not only will he play the Thunder God in the solo film, he will also play Thor in The Avengers, so he’s scored one heck of a role. Hemsworth is relatively unknown to many, however you will have seen him if you’ve seen J.J. Abrams Star Trek as he plays George Kirk (Chris Pine’s father).
From Deadline Hollywood:
Talk about spot-on casting. I’ve just learned that Marvel’s Kevin Feigy and director Kenneth Branagh have chosen their THOR — and it’s Chris Hemsworth.
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’s Kevin Feigy passed.That’s when Ward called up Feigy and said, “You’ve got to reconsider Chris. He’s your guy.” So Feigy 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 decision today.
While trying to find a picture of Chris for this post (it was quite hard considering he’s not been in much) it dawned on me that Marvel have made a great decision. Hiring an unknown will help the audience believe the character more than if it was an A-List actor. The audience will need to let their imagination run wild a bit more with Thor as he will be a God and not a human discovering his powers (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk).
Thor will begin filming in January, so expect to be hearing more news and seeing more of Chris Hemsworth over the coming months.