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Branagh Finds His Thor: Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek’s George Kirk)

May 18, 2009

thor_comic_book_cover Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh have chosen Australian Chris Hemsworth, last seen as George Kirk in Star Trek, to play the lead role in the upcoming film. Via DHD:

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.

Variety has confirmed that Hemsworth is in talks for the roll. According to /Film, Hemsworth will also be playing the character for the May 4, 2012 release of The Avengers. The actor has also lined up the starring role in director Dan Bradley’s Red Dawn remake (also reported by SCI FI Wire)

Kevin McKidd was up for the role according to an earlier report by IGN.

Thor first premiered in Marvel Comics’ “Journey Into Mystery” in 1962. When doctor Donald Blake struck his walking stick to the ground, he discovered that he became the legendary Norse god himself, sent to Earth to learn humility and compassion. A founding member of the superhero team the Avengers as well as the star of several of his own solo series, the Norse thunder god battles giants, demons, the machinations of his evil half-brother, Norse trickster god Loki, and various other villains while defending his homes of Valhalla and Earth.

Thor was originally set for release on July 16, 2010, but has since been pushed back to May 20, 2011.

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