updated 05/27/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/29/2009 AT 7:25 AM ET
Marvel Studios recently announced that 25-year-old Chris Hemsworth will play the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor in director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming comic book adaptation Thor, set to be released in 2011. The blue-eyed actor definitely has all the looks to play the hunky god of thunder, but here’s where you know him from and other things you should know about this Australian heartthrob.
1. He plays Chris Pine’s dad in Star Trek
He’s three years younger than Pine, who plays Capt. James T. Kirk, but Hemsworth captivated audiences in his small but memorable role as James’s father, George Kirk, in the latest remake of Star Trek.
2. He’s a former soap star
Hemsworth’s big acting break came when he played the high school principal’s son, Kim Hyde, in the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. That set is where he met Isabel Lucas, 24 – his character’s love interest who eventually became his real-life girlfriend. But no worries ladies, he’s back on the market. In April he told the hosts of Australia’s The Morning Show, “I’m single at the moment.”
3. He competed in Australia’s Dancing with the Stars
In 2005, he appeared on the fifth season of Australia’s DWTS with dancing partner Abbey Ross. Unfortunately, he and Ross failed to take home the trophy, and were the sixth couple eliminated.
4. He’s stepping into Patrick Swayze’s shoes
Hemsworth will take on the lead role of Jed Eckert, originally played by Swayze in 1984, in the remake of the war film Red Dawn.
5. His brother is Miley Cyrus’s future love interest
Acting evidently runs in the Hemsworth family. Chris’s younger brother, Liam, will star opposite Cyrus in the upcoming film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s novel The Last Song. His older brother Luke is also an actor.