Chris Hemsworth is having a hell of a year. He's already appeared in the acclaimed horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers (which turned out to be one of the biggest movies of all time), and the surprisingly successful Snow White and the Huntsman. Now he's primed to star in yet another potential blockbuster from the biggest blockbuster director of them all: Steven Spielberg wants Chris Hemsworth to star in Robopocalypse, a movie whose very title makes us smile from ear to ear.
Deadline reports that Spielberg has met with Hemsworth, and that the director of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Saving Private Ryan is now convinced that the Thor star is just the leading man he needs to bring the story of a robotic uprising to the big screen. Robopocalypse is currently scheduled to be released on April 25, 2014. The screenplay was, perhaps not coincidentally, adapted by Hemsworth's Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, from the novel by Daniel H. Wilson. Goddard is also known for his contributions to the hit TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Alias" and "Lost." His first feature film credit as a screenwriter was the found footage giant monster flick Cloverfield.
This casting decision, assuming it goes through (we'd be surprised if Hemsworth turns the opportunity down), would confirm that the Australian star has come into his own as a leading man in the industry running short on marquee talent. He's a talented enough individual that we'd be happy to see him again and again in projects of this scale, so we'd call this news pretty damned good indeed.
CraveOnline will be back with more Robopocalypse news after we come up with a Terminator: Salvation reference.