Chris Hemsworth, a comely 25-year-old Aussie who played Kirk’s dad in the the Star Trek reboot, has been cast as Thor. Nikki Finke has ALL the details, and if he wasn’t quite discovered sipping soda at Schwab’s, it’s still a little bit of a fairy tale.
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.
More on the men who would have been Thor in the link.