Although not even officially yet into winter, I am already looking forward to spring-time; especially now that I’ve seen the trailer to the film, THOR, scheduled for release on May 6, 2011.
It’s not so much a case of me being a comic book geek (although I’ve enjoyed many film adaptations of comic books and graphic novels), as it is my developing lust for—er, I mean interest in the studly actor portraying the hammer-wielding god of thunder: Chris Hemsworth.
Upon my first viewing of the trailer, I’ve shamelessly watched it several times since, if only to see a brief scene of a shirtless Hemsworth, I was surprised that I hadn’t any recollection of seeing the 6’3” Australian (born in August 1983) actor in other films. A trip to the always informative IMDB site proved me wrong though. I’ve seen him twice on-screen, and twice in 2009. He appeared briefly in the Star Trek re-boot as the doomed George Kirk, as well as the under-rated thriller, A Perfect Getaway. One thing is for sure, dude is a complete chameleon; he looks totally different, but equally hot, in each of the three aforementioned flicks.
My primary interest in THOR may be its star but I’m almost equally interested in seeing the flick for some of the other talent associated with the production. The film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, an interesting choice given that he’s known more for his Shakespearean abilities directorially than helming action films. Notable cast-mates to Hemsworth include Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and soon-to-be Oscar nominated (and a probable winner for Black Swan) Natalie Portman. And, of course, the special effects and action sequences look pretty awesome, too.
The big-screen introduction of THOR will also whet the appetite of those looking forward to The Avengers flick, scheduled for release in 2012. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will be in some very fine company, alongside Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., and Captain America’s Chris Evans. And with any luck, there will be a scene where all three actors shower together; or a scene where the one Chris has to give the other Chris mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Oops, my over-active imagination is kicking in…