Chris Hemsworth is one of the most bankable names in Hollywood now, due to his comedic chops, physical appearance and popularity playing Thor in MCU. He was first seen by most in 2009’s Star Trek as James T. Kirk’s father who died at the beginning of the movie.
Rumors of a 4th Star Trek film had been swirling ever since the 3rd one ended. The plot was said to focus on a time travel macguffin that would allow James Kirk to go to the past and team up with his father. That would allow Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth to team up. But in talking with Variety, Hemsworth offers an update, one that might not please people looking forward to Star Trek 4.
“I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he reveals. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
He has become more selective about his roles now. His name has even been thrown in the mix for the next James Bond (which is an idea our EiC is very into), and while I think his on screen Marvel brother, Tom Hiddleston would be great, he has another Thor co-star in mind:
“My vote would be Idris [Elba]. I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different.”
I, like the rest of the internet, agree with him. Elba would be incredible. Everyone knows it. Elba himself knows how we all feel, and even shared this amusing photo during the Golden Globes earlier this year.
Speaking of Thor, Hemsworth almost wouldn’t have been the God of Thunder if he took two other roles he was up for. He was in the running to play Channing Tatum’s character in G.I. Joe, and he was also in the running to be Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a role that Taylor Kitsch played, but one that Tatum has been trying to relaunch for some time). At the time, he wanted both roles.
“I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”
None of those roles would have shown his comedic prowess like 2016’s Ghostbusters. Say what you will about the movie, but the highlight was Hemsworth utter ridiculousness. That almost didn’t happen though.
“The night before I was shooting, I almost pulled out. Three or four weeks prior, Paul [Feig] said to me, ‘I’m going to write up the character. Don’t worry.’ And then I got the script and nothing had changed.”
He was told there would be room for improvisation on set, so he stayed, and in doing so became the best part of the movie, and it opened up the door for people to be more accepting of a comedic Thor. He even desires to do a Ghostbusters sequel, something that won’t happen now with Jason Reitman’s version coming. He doesn’t blame Reitman, but instead the toxic fanboys who attacked the film just because it had female leads.
“That whole period I was like, ‘What ownership do you guys have over those characters?’ Oh, you watched the film, therefore you should have a say over where it goes? I thought it was very unfortunate and kind of disappointing.”
The world is Hemsworth’s oyster. Not only is the door open for him to be Thor again (though nothing is official yet), he has Men In Black: International coming out in a couple weeks. He also has many more films lined up, including a comedy with Tiffany Haddish.
If you are a Hemsworth fan, you have a lot to look forward to. The Variety interview was interesting to see what could have been. I feel that Star Trek 4 could still happen down the road, but their TV division is thriving, so movies might be on the backburner.