Chris Hemsworth Lands Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg has his lead

Who else could fight off an entire army of revolting robots than Thor himself? While we doubt he’ll be allowed to tote Mjolnir along with him, Chris Hemsworth is Steven Spielberg’s pick for his next big project, Robopocalypse.

Spielberg has been developing the techno-fear thriller, based on Daniel H Wilson’s novel, for some time now and Disney is looking to get it into cinemas on April 24, 2014.

The plot finds mankind finally perfecting artificial intelligence. But the new creation, Archos, decides that it should protect its new robo-life and all of its mechanical buddies from its human “masters” and promptly launches a war against us. Uh-oh. Somebody forgot the laws of robotics, eh? Several plot strands follow members of the resistance as they attempt to fight back.

Assuming Deadline’s report is accurate and Hemsworth has landed the lead, one person involved with the film will be very happy: writer Drew Goddard, who directed the Aussie actor in The Cabin In The Woods.

Between being James T Kirk’s dad, playing Thor, working with Joss Whedon and now Spielberg, Hemsworth is certainly building up some genre cred. He’s currently at work on Thor: The Dark World and will next be seen in Ron Howard’s Rush and the delayed Red Dawn reboot.