Superhero Thor role
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