Categories News & Gossip

Kevin Feige Says THOR’s Chris Hemsworth is Immensely Watchable and Engaging

If Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were given the opportunity of another shot with Chris Hemsworth who played Kirk’s father in the new Star Trek incarnation, Kurtzman said, “As long as he plays the part, there could be an entire ‘Star Trek’ movie devoted to the heroic adventures of George Kirk.”

So what makes this young Australian actor so lovable and in demand? He came out of nowhere and has managed to land some major roles including Kirk’s father, the lead in THOR, Jed (previously played by Patrick Swayze) in the Red Dawn remake and more.

Marvel President Kevin Feige thinks he knows the answer, “As new actors make their way into feature films, it is a rare thing to find someone who is not only immensely watchable and engaging, but can also represent a timeless and key character from the Marvel universe in such a compelling way. We have been watching Chris hone his craft over the last several months and due to his persistence and talent he rose above everyone else embodying the actor we were looking for.”

We saw him briefly in the first 10 minutes of Star Trek in May, we’ll have to wait quite a while for THOR, not scheduled to open until 2011.

He’s one to keep an eye on, LA Times included him in their Calendar section as one of the top 10 rising names in Hollywood.

Categories 'Home and Away' Photo Gallery

Home and Away episode 3677 screencaps

Screencaps of Chris’ performance in episode 3677 of Home and Away have been added to the gallery. More screencaps will be added soon, but please bear with the random order they will be added because I’ve only found certain episodes so far and will be capping as I go. I’ll also be adding stills and promos soon as well.

Categories Site Updates

Grand Opening

Welcome to the Chris Hemsworth Network, your newest resource dedicated to Chris Hemsworth, who you will recognize from Home and Away, Star Trek, the upcoming films Thor, Red Dawn and The Cabin in the Woods.

As you can see, the site is still a work in progress, but will be completed soon. You will find that this site differs from most fansites in that it will kept a bit smaller in order to focus on Chris’ growing career and the latest news and photos. I hope you will enjoy the site and check in frequently for all the latest on Chris and his career.

If you happen to have any photos, videos, etc. that you’d like to donate, please feel free to contact me. I’ve had a terribly hard time tracking down photoshoots and Home and Away things in particular, so anything anyone might be able to help with would be greatly appreciated.

Categories Interviews

Alloy Interview with Chris Hemsworth

Hey, Trekkies! We’ve got a special treat for you. We sat down and talked to THE Captain Kirk (Sr.), Chris Hemsworth, for all the nerdy behind the scenes secrets of Star Trek. The Aussie told us all about being on set, playing a legendary character and his past soap opera life he left behind. Get more details on Chris now!

Were you a fan of Star Trek before you were cast in the film?
No not really. It was something I knew about and appreciated because it’s been around for so long. You kind of see it whether or not you’re an avid fan. I think it’s such a great idea to take a fresh look but still pay homage to the original stuff but open it up to a wider audience.
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Categories 'Thor' News & Gossip Projects

Chris Hemsworth auditioned against kid brother for Thor part

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 Kirk’s father.

Hemsworth’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.

Categories 'Thor' Projects

Details On ‘Thor’ From Writer

This week we were lucky enough to talk to Thor writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. . Today Ashley Miller talks about his other projects and of course Thor and I think you will be happy with the answers.


Lately you have mainly been involved with writing for Television(Sarah Connor Chronicles and now Fringe), how did you become involved in the writing of Thor?

AM-We were in the right place at the right time. Marvel needed a writer (or team, in our case) with a very particular set of skills and experience. Obviously they wanted to work with people who’d done features before, which we had. They were also very interested in people who know how to collaborate, and could turn drafts around efficiently, which we do. That we have a background in genre material and an interest in comic books were big plusses, I think. Owning a complete Walt Simonson run on Thor and being able to wax rhapsodic about Beta Ray Bill didn’t hurt our case.
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Categories News & Gossip

Meet the Next Superhero: Chris Hemsworth

Marvel Studios recently announced that 25-year-old Chris Hemsworth will play the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor in director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming comic book adaptation Thor, set to be released in 2011. The blue-eyed actor definitely has all the looks to play the hunky god of thunder, but here’s where you know him from and other things you should know about this Australian heartthrob.

1. He plays Chris Pine’s dad in Star Trek
He’s three years younger than Pine, who plays Capt. James T. Kirk, but Hemsworth captivated audiences in his small but memorable role as James’s father, George Kirk, in the latest remake of Star Trek.

2. He’s a former soap star
Hemsworth’s big acting break came when he played the high school principal’s son, Kim Hyde, in the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. That set is where he met Isabel Lucas, 24 – his character’s love interest who eventually became his real-life girlfriend. But no worries ladies, he’s back on the market. In April he told the hosts of Australia’s The Morning Show, “I’m single at the moment.”

3. He competed in Australia’s Dancing with the Stars
In 2005, he appeared on the fifth season of Australia’s DWTS with dancing partner Abbey Ross. Unfortunately, he and Ross failed to take home the trophy, and were the sixth couple eliminated.

4. He’s stepping into Patrick Swayze’s shoes
Hemsworth will take on the lead role of Jed Eckert, originally played by Swayze in 1984, in the remake of the war film Red Dawn.

5. His brother is Miley Cyrus’s future love interest
Acting evidently runs in the Hemsworth family. Chris’s younger brother, Liam, will star opposite Cyrus in the upcoming film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s novel The Last Song. His older brother Luke is also an actor.