Nikki Finke has an exclusive update: Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the titular character for Marvel's upcoming film Thor. He'll also take up the hammer for the 2012 film, The Avengers.
If you're like me, you're wondering "who is Chris Hemsworth?" Turns out I saw him just yesterday as George Kirk in JJ Abrams' Star Trek film.
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.
Thor is currently scheduled to be released June 17th 2011.