If Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were given the opportunity of another shot with Chris Hemsworth who played Kirk’s father in the new Star Trek incarnation, Kurtzman said, “As long as he plays the part, there could be an entire ‘Star Trek’ movie devoted to the heroic adventures of George Kirk.”
So what makes this young Australian actor so lovable and in demand? He came out of nowhere and has managed to land some major roles including Kirk’s father, the lead in THOR, Jed (previously played by Patrick Swayze) in the Red Dawn remake and more.
Marvel President Kevin Feige thinks he knows the answer, “As new actors make their way into feature films, it is a rare thing to find someone who is not only immensely watchable and engaging, but can also represent a timeless and key character from the Marvel universe in such a compelling way. 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.”
We saw him briefly in the first 10 minutes of Star Trek in May, we’ll have to wait quite a while for THOR, not scheduled to open until 2011.
He’s one to keep an eye on, LA Times included him in their Calendar section as one of the top 10 rising names in Hollywood.