Star Trek's Chris Hemsworth will play Thor, star in Red Dawn

Deadline Hollywood reported that Star Trek's Chris Hemsworth has won the title role in Kenneth Branagh's Thor, with the approval of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige.

Hemsworth—who played James Kirk's father, George, in J.J. Abrams' hit Trek—has also been cast in the lead role of Jed Eckert in director Dan Bradley's Red Dawn remake, taking the role that Patrick Swayze played in the original, a source confirmed for SCI FI Wire. He will do that film before taking on Thor, our source said.

The Australian-born Hemsworth has been having a banner year: in addition to Trek, he is currently filming producer Joss Whedon's horror movie Cabin in the Woods.

Before moving to the States, Hemsworth played Kim Hyde on 171 episodes of Home and Away, the successful Aussie TV series chronicling the lives and loves of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town.

Red Dawn is eyeing a Sept. 24, 2010, release; Thor is slated for a May 20, 2011, release.

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