Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth, 25, had to go up against his younger brother Liam for the part of Thor.
Hemsworth has caused an industry stir by scoring roles in two blockbusters, the upcoming Thor (a.k.a The Mighty Thor) and Star Trek, where he played Captain Kirkâ€™s father.
Hemsworthâ€™s appearances in local TV series Home and Away were still being recorded as recently as this year. The series has been a launch pad into Hollywood for several Australians.
The Thor role, however, only came after James Bond star Daniel Craig, pictured, knocked it back.
Another Hemsworth brother, Luke, is also an actor, known in Australia for such TV drama series as Neighbours and All Saints.
Chris Hemsworth moved to Los Angeles just two years ago and was reported to be living in the guesthouse of his Hollywood agent, William Ward.