When Steven Spielberg specifically asks an actor to work with him, it is a sign that actor has made it to the top. That is what just happened to Chris Hemsworth. After great showings in two Marvel Studios blockbusters (“Thor” and “The Avengers”) and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Spielberg has tapped the Australian actor to star in his upcoming techno thriller “Robopocalypse.”
The source material for “Robopocalypse” is a techno thriller novel by Daniel H. Wilson, an author with a phD in robotics. It is the kind of pedigree that sends sci-fi geeks and techno nerds to the bookstore in droves to find out what this new novel is about. Taking place in the future, “Robopocalypse” presents a world where humans have become completely dependent on robots for survival.
When a new super computer called Archos becomes self-aware, it sets out to protect the Earth at all costs and determines that humans are the main enemy of the destruction of Earth and its resources. Archos sets out a plan to systematically eliminate all humans. The story follows a group of survivors who find they can survive without modern technology.
Behind solid reviews and good recommendations by fellow authors, such as Stephen King, “Robopocalypse” became a New York Times best seller and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg decided to direct the movie and found two different studios to help finance it when Fox joined forces with DreamWorks. Disney agreed to distribute the movie in the U.S., with a scheduled release date of April 25, 2014.
“I am so pleased that Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos see the exciting opportunities in ‘Robopocalypse’ that we originally saw when we bought the rights to the book,” Spielberg said at the time of the deal in 2011. “We hope we can deliver another film that will give today’s global audiences something thrilling.”
Due to the large costs of a movie of this magnitude, the start of filming was delayed by a full year and some wondered if it was being shelved. This new news makes it look like it will make its 2014 release date after all.
Hemsworth came to Hollywood and tried to break in to movies with his brother Liam Hemsworth. In an interesting change of events, Liam went to try out for the role of Thor in the Marvel Studios movie and Chris tagged along. It ended up being Chris who got the job, although Liam also got his own franchise a year later when he was cast in “The Hunger Games.”
Since that time, Chris has exploded in Hollywood. He won Fanboys over with both his role in “The Avengers” as well as his performance in the Joss Whedon scripted horror movie, “The Cabin in the Woods.” He also had a small role in the J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot as Captain Kirk’s dad and starred as the Huntsman alongside Kristen Stewart in “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Now, he will get to work with Spielberg. After a rocky start, the Australian movie star has officially made it.