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THOR has been cast

God of Thunder to be played by Captain Kirk. No...the other one.

By Rob M. Worley     May 16, 2009
Source: Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood


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The God of Thunder in Marvel's 'Thor' movie has been cast and will be played by Captain Kirk. No...the other one. No...the OTHER other one.

Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily broke the news earlier today that actor Chris Hemsworth has been chosen to play the lead role in the movie version of Marvel's Asgardian legend.

Fans are currently enjoying Hemsworth brief appearance in 'Star Trek' in which he plays Captain George Kirk, the doomed father of the film's hero. Hemsworth is more well known in his native land of Australia where he's toplined a TV series. Gregory Ellwood, via HitFix, has confirmed that Hemsworth will also play the character Jed, previously played by Patrick Swayze, in MGM's reboot of Red Dawn.

According to Finke's report Hemsworth angled for the part early on but the casting director didn't spark to him. However, his persistent reps at ROAR got Marvel head Kevin Feige to take a look at him and the producer was sold immediately. He put the tape in front of director Kenneth Branagh who pulled the trigger on the casting today.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you familiar with Hemsworth? Do you like the casting? Now who should we demand for Loki? Post your comments below...

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Wiseguy 5/16/2009 4:18:08 PM

It's no secret that I was pulling hard for Skarsgard and still think he fits the perceived look better. Hell, he's even a true Scandivanian.

Hemsworth on the other hand was a perfect fit for Capt.America. Having said that I am not too disappointed. But outside of the first couple of minutes of Star Trek (where he's really good) I haven't seen anything from him at all. But if he won over Feige and Branagh I have to assume he has the chops for the role.

Bottom line I'm still jacked for this film. Big Thor fan and can't wait to see how the rest of the casting goes, mainly Sif, Odin and Loki

dustfarter 5/16/2009 4:21:21 PM

I get to be first? Yea!

I don't know much about this guy, Hemsworth. I saw Star Trek last weekend and must admit that he didn't make much of an impression on me. However, that being said, I think if they gan beef him up ('cause let's face it Thor HAS to be B-U-F-F BUFF...as in MASSIVELY MUSCLED) and he can handle the psuedo Shakespearean dialogue, I can roll with this.  Let's face it, Marvel's done a pretty good job of casting the characters for the movies they themselves have produced. Think back to when you heard RDJ was going to be Tony Stark. I'll bet most of you who weren't busting a blood vessel about that decision were at least scratching your head. That turned out OK, to say the least.  Ed Norton as Bruce Banner was a definite improvement over Eric Bana. And I never would've envisioned William Hurt as Thuderbolt Ross but I thought he was great. I'll give this a quallified "thumbs up." I have faith that Marvel knows what it's doing.

dustfarter 5/16/2009 4:22:58 PM

I'm NOT first.  Must...type... FASTER!

dustfarter 5/16/2009 4:26:38 PM

I'm NOT first.  Must...type... FASTER!

dustfarter 5/16/2009 4:26:47 PM

I get to be first? Yea!

I don't know much about this guy, Hemsworth. I saw Star Trek last weekend and must admit that he didn't make much of an impression on me. However, that being said, I think if they gan beef him up ('cause let's face it Thor HAS to be B-U-F-F BUFF...as in MASSIVELY MUSCLED) and he can handle the psuedo Shakespearean dialogue, I can roll with this.  Let's face it, Marvel's done a pretty good job of casting the characters for the movies they themselves have produced. Think back to when you heard RDJ was going to be Tony Stark. I'll bet most of you who weren't busting a blood vessel about that decision were at least scratching your head. That turned out OK, to say the least.  Ed Norton as Bruce Banner was a definite improvement over Eric Bana. And I never would've envisioned William Hurt as Thuderbolt Ross but I thought he was great. I'll give this a quallified "thumbs up." I have faith that Marvel knows what it's doing.

jfdavis 5/16/2009 4:34:29 PM

I'm excited by this casting as a relative unknown I think was what was needed here.  Nationality usually is not a consideration for good or bad.  This is especially true with Asians but I digress.   Natalie Portman is the only name I've heard floating around.  I agree with others she'd be good for Nurse Jane Fuzzywuzzy but she wouldn't be a big role unless plot rumors are wrong... Jennifer Morrison as Enchantress? OK, maybe not... 

UnimatrixOne 5/16/2009 5:40:16 PM

Hummm? Chris Hemsworth as Thor or is he Donald Blake? If he is playing Donald, PERFECT FIT. If he is Playing THOR, STERIODS or one of those Jaugernaut X-Men III Body suits need to go into production real quick for him. I'll give it a chance, seeing how THOR is the only Marvel Book that has managed to keep my wallet attention this past year. (YES, I am one of those people who are tired of endless crossovers with world shattering events that really do nothing that seems to be going on in every other marvel book) I can not wait to see what they do with this. So until it comes out, I'll just have to ignore all the net chatter about it. Wish him well, pray for a good story, and wait for opening day.

fft5305 5/16/2009 8:06:46 PM

Ok, he wouldn't have been my first pick (Skarsgard was), but I'm willing to give him a chance.  He's definitely fit, but does need to bulk up a bit more.  A quick search pulls up these images:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1615694592/nm1165110
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_yumIQVKw8pg/Sb5DYmJXO6I/AAAAAAAAE44/XnN5_NSjH10/Chris%20Hemsworth3_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg

evilbeagle 5/16/2009 8:14:47 PM

I too like that he's relatively unknown.  People are getting too worked up about size.  You put any 6 ft. man who weighs between 180-215 in a big ass caped costume with armor and such, and he's going to look big.  This movie is not going to make or break based on the lead character's measurements.  It's going to sink or swim on how they sell the character into the rest of the universe with Iron Man, Hulk, etc...

I have no doubt Thor will make a kick ass fantasy film if set in Asgard.  What I'm worried about is how they plan to pull him of in the real world. (movie-real-world that is : )

HudsonTaco 5/16/2009 8:37:36 PM

I always thought Downey Jr. was perfect for Tony Stark, When I heard that casting news I couldn't think of anyone better.

As for Thor I don't know much about him to be honest and what I do know of him dosen't really convince me he can be pulled of on the Big Screen in a realistic way. Well at least within the confines of Iron Man reality anyway.  That said I am eager to hear more about this and how it will tie in with Avengers. As for the casting while I did enjoy his breif appearence in Star Trek (he really did look like the father of Shatner) but he seem smaller than expected IMO, but like I said I know next to nothing about Thor.

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