25-year-old Aussie hunk Chris Hemsworth has landed the lead role in MGM’s “Red Dawn” remake and more importantly the titular role of the Norse God in Marvel’s upcoming “Thor” feature says Deadline Hollywood Daily.
The 6’3 actor was nixed in early casting reads, as was his brother Liam who just won the lead male role in Miley Cyrus’ new film. His agent though pushed hard and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige decided to let Chris read again and put it on tape. Director Kenneth Branagh saw that last week and apparently made his decision to cast today.
The likes of Daniel Craig, Kevin McKidd, wrestler Triple-H, Tom Hiddleston , Alexandar Skarsgard and Joel Kinnaman have been linked with the role.
Hemsworth, who got his break playing the often shirtless but generally kind Kim Hyde on Aussie soap “Home and Away” for several years, left the show and moved to the US a few years ago to pursue his career. His first gig was the small but key role as the father of Captain Kirk in the opening sequence of the current box-office topping “Star Trek”.
He next stars in David Twohy’s “A Perfect Getaway” alongside Timothy Olyphant and Milla Jovovich, “Ca$h” alongside Sean Bean, and Joss Whedon’s “The Cabin in the Woods” with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.