Chris Hemsworth is Thor! (Plus he’s Also the Lead in the Red Dawn Remake)

Who says nothing exciting ever happens in the movie world on Saturdays? Whoever said that didn’t hear that Marvel Studios and Kenneth Branagh have just cast their lead in their big-budget comic book epic “Thor”. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, who broke the story, it’s the same guy who has nabbed the lead in the upcoming “Red Dawn” remake earlier in the week. Who is the lucky devil, you ask? His name is Chris Hemsworth, and he’s an Australian actor.

The name might not ring any bells, but if you saw Abrams’ “Star Trek” (and who didn’t?), he had a big role in the first 10 minutes. Chris Hemsworth played George Kirk, James T. Kirk’s dad, who fought off Nero’s big bad ship at the beginning of “Star Trek”, sacrificing himself so his son could be born. Hemsworth is a former player on the long-running Aussie show Home and Away, which has spawned a number of Hollywood actors, including Stephanie Jacobsen (Battlestar Galactica), Isabel Lucas (“Transformers 2″), and Julian McMahon (“Fantastic Four”).

Some facts about this Chris Hemsworth fella: He’s 25-years old, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and he stands 6’3″. IMDB.com has pictures of him with the Army crewcut down (for “Red Dawn”), but he better start growing those locks unless they want to go the wig route.

Not a bad month for ol Chris. Besides opening big with “Star Trek”, he’s now adding “Thor” and “Red Dawn” to his growing list of credits. In the “Red Dawn” remake, Hemsworth will be playing a vet who just returned from that whole hubbub in Iraq only to face a Red Chinese invasion on home soil. Plus, he’s also in Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods”.

Who does this guy think he is, Sam Worthington?

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  • steveo

    ronan my buddy just said the same guy dead on bro with that pick

  • steveo

    ronan my buddy just said the same guy dead on bro with that pick

  • elky4x4

    I’m not as knowledgable as many are of Thor, but seriously, why this guy? whenever I think of a Thor character I come back to the German from the begining of Kindom of Heaven… he was intense haha or even Ralph Lundgren.

  • elky4x4

    I’m not as knowledgable as many are of Thor, but seriously, why this guy? whenever I think of a Thor character I come back to the German from the begining of Kindom of Heaven… he was intense haha or even Ralph Lundgren.

  • wildflower

    That’s insane. He looks absolutely nothing like the Thor I’ve always imagined. I definitely do agree with Jamie, Thor can’t be played by just any rando on the street corner. You need the Blonde hair and blue eyes, and a wig and contacts simply just are not going to do it for 99% of those who would be interested in this movie. If you’re going to make a movie about the Thunder God you shouldn’t be skimping out on the lead actor. There’s lots of other corners you could try to cut and possibly get away with, but this is definitely not one of them.

    Your lead actor makes or breaks a movie, and I’d have to say this guy will at very least put Thor in limbo.

    • Maggie

      Please remember this photo of Chris is really old! he doesnt look anything like that now. he has buffed up sooo much! His eyes are actually a blue colour and if Alexander Skarsgard can die his hair blonde for the role of Eric and get away with it, so can Chris.

  • wildflower

    That’s insane. He looks absolutely nothing like the Thor I’ve always imagined. I definitely do agree with Jamie, Thor can’t be played by just any rando on the street corner. You need the Blonde hair and blue eyes, and a wig and contacts simply just are not going to do it for 99% of those who would be interested in this movie. If you’re going to make a movie about the Thunder God you shouldn’t be skimping out on the lead actor. There’s lots of other corners you could try to cut and possibly get away with, but this is definitely not one of them.

    Your lead actor makes or breaks a movie, and I’d have to say this guy will at very least put Thor in limbo.

    • Maggie

      Please remember this photo of Chris is really old! he doesnt look anything like that now. he has buffed up sooo much! His eyes are actually a blue colour and if Alexander Skarsgard can die his hair blonde for the role of Eric and get away with it, so can Chris.

  • disallusioned

    Vladimir Kulich was the only choice for this role. As far as I’m concerned they already ruined the film. You might remember him from the 13th warrior. He looke dlike Thor even in the 13th warrior. He has the look, the height, the build AND the voice. This is sad. Watch the 13th warrior and watch him. He was perfect for this role. Even the blonde hair. Thor as a movie blows already now. I have been a Thor comics fan since the 60′s. They’ve ruined what loyal fans have waited for all this time.

  • disallusioned

    Vladimir Kulich was the only choice for this role. As far as I’m concerned they already ruined the film. You might remember him from the 13th warrior. He looke dlike Thor even in the 13th warrior. He has the look, the height, the build AND the voice. This is sad. Watch the 13th warrior and watch him. He was perfect for this role. Even the blonde hair. Thor as a movie blows already now. I have been a Thor comics fan since the 60′s. They’ve ruined what loyal fans have waited for all this time.