Variety is reporting that Chris Hemsworth, the recent cinematic father of James T. Kirk, has been cast as Marvel Comics' Nordic, hammer-wielding God of Thunder, Thor:
Marvel Studios has chosen its god of Thunder: Australian thesp Chris Hemsworth is in final negotiations to play Thor in the comicbook company's bigscreen adaptation of the character.
Kenneth Branagh will helm the actioner, set to bow on May 20, 2011.
A Norse god, Thor develops a protective affinity for humans after his father Odin banishes him to Earth, in order to teach him a lesson in humility. From then on, he's often seen wielding his massive hammer and fighting alongside the Avengers (comprised of Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America).
Hemsworth, who stars in MGM's upcoming "Cabin in the Woods," was also just cast in that studio's remake of "Red Dawn" as Jed Eckert, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze in 1984. Hemsworth was most recently seen in Paramount's "Star Trek" playing Capt. Kirk's father.
What are you thinking, Branagh? Does it scare you too much that Skarsgård might actually be Thor? don't want to deal with his inevitable arguing on set? "I wouldn't say this line, Ken. And I should know: I'm quite literally Thor. Look at my long blonde hair and distinctly Nordic features. I'm definitely Thor. Don't make me set down this prop hammer and go get the real hammer I use in my fight against Lokis and Skrulls and such."
I suppose I can't blame you for that. That's a rational fear. I'll accept this beady-eyed Australian if I have to.