Deadline Hollywood Daily has confirmed that Chris Hemsworth; who most will recognize as the ill-fated George Kirk from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, has been cast as Thor.
The big screen adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Thor is being helmed by Kenneth Branagh, who many considered an unconventional choice to direct. Branagh’s involvement led many to believe that the casting of the Norse God of Thunder would be equally unconventional. Alexander Skarsgård had been favoured by fans for the role of Thor; Branagh was seen having lunch with him on a few occasions, and he seemed the most likely candidate until today’s announcement.
Thor is scheduled for a May 20, 2011 release.