For those of you who made it out to see J.J. Abrams Star Trek re-boot (great film btw), you should recognize Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, Captain Kirk’s father. Well, from now on you’ll recognize him as Thor in both both the solo Thor movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, as well as The Avengers. Here’s a snippet from Nikki Finke’s article on the subject.
“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.”
This is pretty good casting. I haven’t seen him in anything besides Star Trek, but he was good for the short time he was on screen. Apparently he’s been on a popular Austrailian show “Home and Away”, so you can check him out there if you feel so inclined. It’s nice to hear some more news regarding this one, it’s gonna be interesting.
Source: Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood