'Star Trek' Co-Star Chris Hemsworth Cast As 'Thor'

Australian actor who plays James Kirk's father will take on role as Norse god of thunder.

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The first breakout star from this month's blockbuster [movie id="305755"]"Star Trek"[/movie] reboot is an actor who only appears in the movie's first 10 minutes. Chris Hemsworth, who plays James T. Kirk's heroic but doomed father, has just been cast in the title role of director Kenneth Branagh's highly anticipated Marvel Comics adaptation, "Thor."

The big-budget film about the flying, hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder is set to film in August for a scheduled May 2011 release.

According to DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, which first broke the news, Branagh and Marvel initially rejected the 25-year-old Hemsworth before giving him a second chance to read for the part. Other actors reportedly up for the role included Alexander Skarsgård ("Generation Kill"), Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") and Hemsworth's young brother Liam ("Knowing").

Josh Harnett (as the villain Loki) and Natalie Portman (as the female lead) are also rumored to be circling the comic book flick.

The "Thor" casting development is not the only recent good news for the Australian-born Hemsworth. He's also been cast in a lead role in "Red Dawn," an updated take on the 1984 Cold War thriller. In the new version, a group of small-town residents form a band of resistance fighters after China and Russia invade the United States. The film is slated for a September 2010 release.

At the moment, Hemsworth, a veteran of the Aussie TV series "Home and Away," is busy shooting Joss Whedon's horror movie "Cabin in the Woods."

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