MARVEL’S depiction of the Norse god Thor makes his big-screen debut on April 29, 2011 (and on May 6 in the USA) and is also thundering into the video game arena for the first time.
In a move to tie the two formats closely together, SEGA has now announced that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston – who star in Kenneth Branagh’s film as Thor and his evil brother Loki – will voice those characters in the Thor: God of Thunder game. The actors’ character likenesses will also be used.
Gary Knight, senior vice president of marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA America, said: “Bringing in Chris and Tom to star in Thor: God of Thunder gives us AAA talent that will create a truly cinematic interactive experience.
“Mighty Thor and the trickster Loki will face off with real emotion while giving fans visual and vocal continuity between the video game and film adaptations of the Marvel franchise.”
The game will take players through an “original, epic-scale third-person action adventure” for which Matt Fraction, lead author on the Thor comic book, served as story consultant.
In the game, Thor battles through the many worlds of Norse mythology to save Asgard.
Players will wield Thor’s legendary hammer Mjölnir to fight enemies of an immense scale while controlling the elemental powers of lightning, thunder and wind to vanquish enemies.
Thor must overcome monstrous foes lifted from the pages of the comics, including Ulik, Ymir and Surtur, as well as other daunting enemies.
Thor: God of Thunder is scheduled for release spring 2011 on all major video game platforms.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who previously played Captain Kirk’s doomed dad in the 2009 Star Trek film, will pick up Thor’s hammer once more in 2012 for superhero team-up The Avengers.
British actor Tom Hiddleston has starred in TV shows including Return to Cranford and Wallander as well as appearing in a hit production of Shakespeare’s Othello alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor and giving an Olivier Award-winning performance in Cymbeline. In 2011 he will also star in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.