From the moment "Thor" hit theaters two years ago, Chris Hemsworth has been a bona fide Hollywood superstar. He's made one action blockbuster after another, with "The Avengers" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" hitting theaters back to back. He's even participated in an instant cult classic with "The Cabin in the Woods." But there's still one question some fans and critics have: Can the guy actually, you know ... act?
Well, it looks like we're about to find out, because the first international trailer for his upcoming racing drama "Rush" has just arrived courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. And if director Ron Howard has anything to say about it, this is the film that's going to turn Hemsworth from action star into star, period.
Set in 1976 and based on a true story, "Rush" tells the story of English Formula One driver James Hunt (that's Hemsworth), a hard driving, fast living rebel with amazeballs hair. When Hunt's arch-rival, Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), crashes during a race, it puts him in a coma — and gives Hunt a clear shot at the championship. Wracked by guilt, Hunt has to reevaluate his life, even as Lauda returns from the brink of death for an improbable final showdown.
In other words, it's got both the kind of action we expect from Hemsworth, as well as the kind of heart that has earned Howard two Oscars.
So will "Rush," which is set to hit theaters on September 20, be the film that changes the way we look at Hemsworth? We sure as heck are looking forward to finding out. And hey, if it doesn't work out, you know what they say: We'll always have Asgard.