Director Steven Spielberg is looking to cast Thor star Chris Hemsworth in his upcoming sci-fi epic Robopocalypse. The director met with the actor and decided that he's the man for the job! Deadline says that there's no official offer yet, but you can bet it's coming. Hemsworth is blowing up Hollywood right now, and you can thank Thor for that. He's just going to get bigger and bigger, it's not going to hurt that he's working with Spielberg either. Not only is he a big good looking guy, but he can act too.
Robopocalypse is an adaptation of a novel written by Daniel H. Wilson, and the screenplay was written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield). There's an incredible team of talent behind this movie so far, and Hemsworth will make a great addition.
This sounds like it's going to be an incredibely epic film, and I'm extremely excited to see what Spielberg does with it. Here's what he had to say about it in a previous interview,
It’s a movie about a global war between man and machine. I had a great time creating the future on ‘Minority Report,’ and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. ‘Robopocalypse’ takes place in 15 or 20 years, so it’ll be another future we can relate to. It’s about the consequences of creating technologies which make our lives easier, and what happens when that technology becomes smarter than we are. It’s not the newest theme, it’s been done throughout science fiction, but it’s a theme that becomes more relevant every year.”
Here's a detailed desciption of the story from the book:
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.
What do you think of Hemsorth working with Spielberg on this film?