September 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming has only just begun on Marvel superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World”, and they’re wasting no time in jumping right into a big scale epic battle sequence. Today Chris Hemsworth was pictured donning Thor’s armor and red cape, wielding Mjolnir alongside Jamie Alexander as Asgardian friend and fellow warrior Sif in a fight against some nasty looking aliens, and Comic Book Movie has gathered up some nice shots of the action.
Alan Taylor takes over the directing duties from original helmer Kenneth Branagh, and “The Dark World” will take Thor beyond Asgard and Earth to the Nine Realms, where dark elves, led by Christopher Eccleston, have been heavily rumored to be the villainous armies he must defeat. Tom Hiddleston is set to return as Loki but will have a smaller villainous presence than in “Thor” and “The Avengers”, while Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings as Thor’s human allies will return as well.
“Thor: The Dark World” is set for a November 8, 2013 release, following “Iron Man 3″ and preceding “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” See the first set photos below, and head over to CBM for plenty more.
August 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Indie darling turned bona fide TV star Kat Dennings has been confirmed to be reprising her role in sequel “Thor: The Dark World”, according to Deadline. This completes the gang of returning Marvel characters, led by Chris Hemsworth as the titular Norse God/Avenger, along with Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Jamie Alexander as Sif on the alien side, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig on Earth. In addition, newbies include Zachary Levi, who takes over the role of Fandral vacated by David Dallas, and Christopher Eccleston as big baddie Malekith.
Alan Taylor takes over directing duties from Kenneth Branagh, and the plot, while under wraps, is expected to center around classic Marvel villains the Dark Elves, who are pulled from Norse mythology and ruled over by Eccleston’s Malekith. Filming is set to begin imminently on location in England and Iceland. Dennings’ role as snarky sidekick Darcy Lewis has reportedly been expanded for the sequel. “Thor: The Dark World” is scheduled for a November 8, 2013 release.
There had been question of Dennings’ return since – like Dallas and ABC series “Once Upon a Time” – she is now the star of a hit TV series that demands the majority of her time. But it appears CBS and “2 Broke Girls” have hammered out a schedule with Marvel Studios that will allow her to do both. The original “Thor” was the last time Dennings appeared on the big screen. “2 Broke Girls” heads into its second season next month.
July 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The machines are taking over, and it’s Chris Hemsworth to the rescue (who else?). Deadline reports Thor himself has landed the highly coveted lead role in Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s best-selling sci-fi novel “Robopocalypse.”
Wilson’s vision of the ever-popular post-apocalyptic world is one in which the machines that once aided the human race in their everyday lives have taken over. Cars begin to run people over in the street, automated doors trap people inside buildings, and more menacingly, army robots built to do the killing for their human controllers turn their deadly weapons on the US Army. They are all under the new leadership of a supercomputer who calls himself Archos. No word on who Hemsworth will play, as the book is told in anthology format and features a large cast of characters, none of whom resemble a godly 6’3″ Australian. Spielberg first committed to directing the big budget blockbuster back in 2010, but with a April 25, 2014 now set in place and casting underway, it appears he’s finally ready to firmly commit to it as his next project. Drew Goddard adapted the screenplay, which drew Spielberg to the project initially.
Hemsworth’s casting is a big get for the rapidly rising Australian actor, though it shouldn’t be surprising as he continues to prove himself an increasingly bankable action star. After stealing “Star Trek” with one five minute opening scene, the still unknown Hemsworth was given a great responsibility by Kenneth Branagh to bring Marvel superhero “Thor” to the big screen – and he did it effortlessly. An all-star team-up with all of Marvel’s “The Avengers” followed, and Hemsworth held his own against the likes of Robert Downey, Jr and a big green Hulk. “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Cabin in the Woods” further cemented his leading man status this year, so if all of his past roles are anything to go by, Spielberg has made a great choice in letting Hemsworth lead the fight in “Robocopalyse.”
June 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chris Hemsworth seems to have found a nice niche in being an action star with humanity and depth, and looks to be continuing his streak by attaching himself to star in “In the Heart of the Sea”, based on true events that inspired Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Deadline reported the news earlier today, and the project is now out to studios from Hemsworth’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” producers.
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s factual retelling “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, Hemsworth will play a first mate aboard whaling ship the Essex, which began a journey from Nantucket bound for the South Pacific in 1819 and was rammed and sunk by a giant sperm whale. The initial crew of 20, to be led by Hemsworth’s character, dwindled as they struggled to survive aboard three lifeboats, facing hunger, disease and inclement weather. Charles Leavitt adapted the book, and the film has been in development in some form or another since 2000, with Ed Zwick attached to direct at one point, though that is no longer the case. With Hemsworth’s skyrocketing star power now part of the package, it seems the film may finally make its way into production.
Hemsworth has had a pretty good start to 2012, appearing in “Cabin in the Woods”, “The Avengers” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and he also recently wrapped up playing Formula One racer James Hunt for Ron Howard’s “Rush.” He’s getting ready to head back to Asgard to reprise his titular role in “Thor 2″, and is also attached to Navy SEALs pic “Shadow Runners.”
June 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It seems the end of cult hit NBC series “Chuck” may be a blessing in disguise for star Zachary Levi. THR reports Levi has joined the cast of “Thor 2″, replacing fellow TV actor Josh Dallas, who played Thor’s warrior friend Frandral in the Kenneth Branagh directed original. Chris Hemsworth returns as the superhero/Avenger/mythical Norse God, as well as Tom Hiddleston as mischievous villain Loki, Natalie Portman as love interest Jane Foster and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
In a bit of serendipity, Levi had initially been Branagh’s choice for the role of Frandral in “Thor”, but had to pass due to his commitments to “Chuck.” Now Dallas is in the same boat, having to drop out of the sequel to return to work on the second season of ABC series “Once Upon a Time”, allowing Levi to step into the shoes of the character that he was, perhaps, always meant to. Alan Taylor takes the director’s chair this time, and while there are no plot details, it has been reported that Hiddleston’s Loki will once again play a major villainous role and the Big Bad villain will be played by Mads Mikkelsen, but is not Thanos, the smiling intergalactic despot glimpsed post-”Avengers”-credits. Filming is set to begin in July and release date is already set for November 15, 2013.
For five seasons Levi played computer geek turned reluctant secret agent Chuck Bartowski on Josh Schwartz’s NBC series “Chuck”, but had a bit of a big screen moment in 2010 when he voiced Flynn Rider in Disney’s Rapunzel retelling “Tangled”, and even got to sing the Best Original Song nominated “I See the Light” at the Oscars. “Thor 2″ would mark his first film role since the end of “Chuck.”
May 29, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s only fitting really that the first look at Chris Hemsworth in action for his new role in “Rush” should come during the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage.
In the new film which tells the story of two men’s fight for dominance in the sport in the 1970′s, Hemsworth plays legendary British Formula One race car driver James Hunt in the film.
Daniel Bruhl stars as Niki Lauda, Hunt’s rival, and Olivia Wilde as Hunt’s supermodel wife Suzy Miller.
The new clip premiered during Sunday’s Monaco grand prix and gives us a behind the scenes look at filming as we hear from director Ron Howard, Hemsworth, Bruhl and producer Andrew Eaton.
April 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Oh silly bad guys, you just don’t know who you’re dealing with. Scarlett Johansson may look defeated, being all tied to a chair and outnumbered by you three to one and all, but she’s not worried. She’s an Avenger, and you’re about to have the tables turned on you. The first clip from Joss Whedon’s all-star superhero team-up “The Avengers” has the Black Widow showing that you can in fact accomplish important tasks while talking on your cell phone.
It’s a cool fight scene reminiscent of the one she got to have in her first appearance opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in “Iron Man 2″, and it’s a good sign that hopefully “The Avengers” is going to provide ample screentime and action opportunities for all its heroes, not just the ones who have had their own movies.
“The Avengers” assemble on May 4th. Watch the first clip from the movie below.
April 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Olivia Wilde is back to blonde as she and Chris Hemsworth film a big wedding scene on the set of Ron Howard’s Forumla One biopic “Rush.” We’ve already seen Hemsworth in action as legendary racecar driver James Hunt on the track, but here’s our first look at Wilde as supermodel Suzy Miller, who married and then divorced Hunt in the 1970s as his rivalry with fellow driver Niki Lauda (played in the film by German actor Daniel Brühl) heated up. Reports indicate Russell Crowe may cameo in the film as actor Richard Burton – who swept Wilde’s Miller off her feet and away from her new husband.
Filming is currently underway in London, and British paper The Daily Mail snapped the first shots of Wilde and Hemsworth as Miller and Hunt, and as evidenced by the comparison pics the paper provided, the duo very much embody their real-life counterparts.
“Rush” is tentatively scheduled for release in 2013. See the new images of Wilde and Hemsworth below and head over to The Daily Mail for more.
March 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been one of our most anticipated films of the year since news first broke, but “Snow White and the Huntsman”‘s latest trailer just pushed it higher up the must-see list.
Starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as the titular characters, SWATH takes the story away from Disney’s telling and back into Grimms Brother land. Charlize Theron‘s Queen continues to dominate the story, as per the first trailer that was released late in 2011, but the latest unveiling from Universal reveals more of the plot and promises a much darker tale than the soon-to-be-released “Mirror Mirror”. We also finally get to hear Stewart’s English-accent (we’re impressed), and there’s a first glimpse at the seven dwarves.
Still missing however, is Sam Claflin’s Prince William, and we’re wondering if this film will take us away from a traditional princess/prince pairing, and allow the audience to root for an nontraditional relationship.
We also have five minutes of footage that was shown at WonderCon this past weekend, where the cast sat down with director Rupert Sanders. Check out the trailer, behind the scenes footage and official synopsis below, and head over to the offical Snow White and the Huntmsn website for download and images.
March 9, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Perhaps the breakout star of 2011, Chris Hemsworth is currently on location in London as production begins on “Rush”, director Ron Howard‘s Formula One drama.
Playing legendary British Formula One race car driver James Hunt, Hemsworth is joined by Daniel Bruhl and Olivia Wilde in the story of two men’s fight for dominance in the sport in the 1970′s.
Hunt went on to win the 1976 title, while Lauda (Bruhl) who won the World Championship three times, crashed in a near-fatal accident in the same race. Supermodel Suzy Miller (Wilde) falls for and marries Hunt, but the relationship is short-lived as she soon falls for his actor friend, Richard Burton (who will be a cameo performance from Russell Crowe).
Celebuzz have the first pictures for us, with Hemsworth dressed in his McLaren uniform pictured in what looks to be the pit lane.
“Rush” is set for release in 2013, and you can next see Hemsworth on the big screen this July, when the eagerly anticipated The Avengers” is released.