Captain Kirk’s Dad Cast as the Lead in ‘Thor’

Deadline Hollywood is reporting Chris Hemsworth is set to take on the title role in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the filmed adaptation of the Marvel comic first launched back in 1962.

Hemsworth can currently be seen on the big screen in Star Trek playing the ill-fated father of James T. Kirk. Finke at Deadline is also reporting he will be playing the lead in United Artists’ upcoming remake of Red Dawn. This, on top of currently filming Cabin in the Woods for Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) who penned that script with Joss Whedon.

Finke adds a small bit of back-story to the casting note saying how Hemsworth tested for the role of Thor early on but was passed on, only to have his agent, William Ward at ROAR Management, recommend his name once again late in the game. They agreed, and after doing so were quite impressed. Branagh reportedly came to town last week and saw the Chris test and made the final casting decision today.

Finke lists the following names as actors who also tested for the role: Daniel Craig (turned it down), Kevin McKidd (“Rome”), Triple-H (Blade: Trinity, Charlie Hunnam (“Sons Of Anarchy”), Tom Hiddleston (HBO’s The Gathering Storm), Alexandar Skarsgard (“True Blood”), Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman.

Chris’ brother Liam was just cast opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, a filmed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Liam also tested for the role of Thor.

Thor centers on a blonde-tressed, hammer-wielding hero who’s sent to Earth to protect mankind. The film is set to open on May 20, 2011.

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