Su­per­hero Thor role

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

CHRIS Hemsworth is turn­ing the mighty Thor’s fall from grace into his own pers onal rise to Hol­ly­wood star­dom.

Hemsworth stars in the ti­tle role of Thor, the Marvel Comics s up­er­hero adap-tation.

The 27-year-old Aus­tralian ac­tor joined dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount Pic­tures to show off footage of Thor to theatre own­ers on Mon­day night at their Cine­maCon con­ven­tion in Las Ve­gas.

Af­ter a six-month cast­ing process, Hemsworth said he felt as if he had won the lot­tery when he got the role as the fallen Norse god, par­tic­u­larly given his col-leagues on Thor. Among them: Os­car win­ners Natalie Port­man and An­thony Hop­kins and di­rec­tor Ken­neth Branagh.

‘‘ As a young ac­tor be­ing in this town, prior to this, it was knock­ing on doors and au­di­tion­ing and go­ing on the rounds,’’ Hemsworth said.

With Thor only weeks away from its pre­miere, Hemsworth al­ready is head­ing back to the set to reprise the role in the en­sem­ble su­per­hero ad­ven­ture The Avengers, due out in 2012. The film teams Hemsworth’s Thor with other big-screen Marvel Comics idols, in­clud­ing Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Cap­tain Amer­ica and Mark Ruf­falo as the In­cred­i­ble Hulk.

The Thor footage shown at Cine­maCon chron­i­cles the fall of the hero from As­gard, the realm of the Norse gods. Cocky and quar­rel­some, Thor is cast out by his fa­ther ( Hop­kins) and ban­ished to learn some hu­mil­ity among mor­tals on Earth, where he falls in with a team of sci­en­tists that in­cludes Port­man.

Af­ter a start in Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, Hems worth landed a small role as James Kirk’s fa­ther in 2009’ s Star Trek.

Big­ger roles fol­lowed in the ac­tion tale Red Dawn and the hor­ror story Cabin In The Woods, two films that have sat on the shelf await­ing re­lease amid fi­nan­cial trou­bles at dis­trib­u­tor MGM.

HAM­MER TIME: Hemsworth as Thor in the up­com­ing film

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