It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago, not very many people knew who Chris Hemsworth was. Now, thanks to his roles in Thor and Star Trek, the Australian actor has starred in a film with the highest grossing opening weekends in history and has projects made specifically with him in mind. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has hired the scribe team, consisting of Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, to write Shadow Runners for Hemsworth.
The studio acquired the pitch last June, with Tripp Vinson, Beau Flynn and Will Ward producing. The project has since become a huge priority, with Hemsworth being attached to another Thor film, as well as the expected Avengers sequel.
Drive‘s Hossein Amini came up with the idea for the film, which was inspired by an incident “in which a group of Israeli operatives infiltrated a hotel in Dubai to kill a Hamas leader, only to see the rendezvous captured on surveillance cameras.” Hemsworth will play a former Navy SEAL, “who tries to recapture his potential and repair a rift with an old comrade in arms, as he leads a team of elite international operatives on a mission against a mysterious enemy.”
There’s a lot of this project I can get behind, one being Amini‘s involvement, the other being Hemsworth. Although he may not be the most insightful actor to grace the big screen, he’s getting there and has the ability to rope in a lot of viewers. The scribes aren’t something to forget either, their The Knoll made last year’s Black List and are lining up various projects for Indian Paintbrush and Bad Robot.
What do you think about this news for Shadow Runners?
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