Wow! I have been eagerly waiting to see who would end up being cast as the God of thunder, and it looks like Marvel's Kevin Feige and Director Kenneth Branagh have found their THOR! And it is someone that wasn't even rumored for the role. The actor they have chosen to play the Mighty Thor is named Chris Hemsworth. Who is that you ask? You most recently saw him play a small role in J.J.. Abrams Star Trek movie as George Kirk.
This guy is perfect for the role! Chis Hemsworth is a 25 year old Australian actor who is pretty much unknown in the United States. According to Deadline Hollywood here is the story of how he landed the role.
The way Chris Hemsworth got the part of Thor is one of those great Hollywood backstories that happens only once in a blue moon. Ward had found Chris during one of the manager's many scouting trips to Australia. Ward brought him to Los Angeles and really put him out there to casting directors and production executives. As for the major agencies, I hear CAA passed on the meeting, Endeavor took it but passed on repping him, and ICM was interested but dragged their feet. But Eileen Feldman got his appeal immediately.
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's 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.
What a great story. I have to say I am extremely happy for the guy. He landed the role of a lifetime. On top of that I think he fits the part very well and will do a great job in the role as Thor. I trust the decision that Kevin Feige and Kenneth Branagh. These guys know what they are doing and they know what they want.
I am sure we will get a official announcement soon. We now have the movie face of Thor. I am happy they went with more of a unknown actor I think he is a great choice. What do you think about this huge casting decision!?
Source: Deadline Hollywood