Oh Chris Hemsworth. From the moment you heroically piloted the USS Kelvin into the heart of the Romulan mining ship Narada in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, we knew you’d be a star.
Within just a few months, you’ve already scored the lead in Thor, one of the most anticipated Marvel films in production, and you’re taking over the reins of the venerable Patrick Swayze in the remake of Red Dawn. Bravo sir. Bravo.
In all seriousness, Chris Hemsworth is one of Hollywood’s rising stars. His 12 minutes of work in Star Trek received strong praise and fanboys across the world are excited to see how he fares as the Norse God of Thunder in Thor.
Even Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, has good things to say about Hemsworth. In an interview with IESB, Feige described Hemsworth as “immensely watchable and engaging”, stating:
“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.”
High praise from one of the comic world’s most important voices. Of course, there is always the chance that Hemsorth’s career could mimic a different ancient mythological figure: Icarus. You remember Icarus, right? He flew too close to the sun, his wings melted, and he fell into the sea. Could Chris Hemsworth’s rapid ascent from Hollywood unknown to blockbuster action star be happening too fast?
I, for one, am confident Hemsworth can handle the work and am eager to see how he does in both Thor and Red Dawn. On the other hand, this is a lot of pressure riding on the back of a somewhat unknown talent. For all you Screen Rant readers out there who are unsure about Hemsworth, does Kevin Feige’s praise change the way you feel?
Red Dawn hits theaters on September 24, 2010. Thor is scheduled for release on May 20, 2011.