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Chris Hemsworth Is A 'Shadow Runner' In Film Inspired By Killing Of Hamas Leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 29, 2011 11:02 AM
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After proving he could wield the mighty hammer of "Thor" with wit and charm to spare (one of the few lively things in the otherwise kind of stodgy comic movie), Chris Hemsworth is springboarding into other films. He's got "Snow White And The Huntsman" on his dance card, a couple of completed movies waiting to be released ("Red Dawn," "Cabin In The Woods") and of course, he's already on to his next Marvel gig in "The Avengers" but it looks like he's stepping out of the fantasy/remake realm for his next role.

Sony has picked up the black ops thriller "Shadow Runner" and has Hemsworth attached to star. Written by the omnipresent Hossein Amini (who is doing rewrites on 'Huntsman' and penned Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive"), according to Deadline, the film was apparently inspired by the real life assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh early last year. In the much publicized killing, Mossad agents tracked him to a hotel in Dubai, and smuggled an 11-strong hit team into the country without the authorities knowing, and killed Mabhouh in his hotel room. The only evidence was hotel room CCTV footage which caught the team going in and leaving, but nothing more. The film won't be a recreation of those events, but will find Hemsworth leading a special forces team who carry out seemingly impossible missions (sounds like another movie or three we've heard about).

There is no director attached right now, nor a start date but the film will have to wait anyway for Hemsworth to finish up 'Huntsman' which shoots in Europe later this year. "Shadow Runner" does sound promising but with "The Bourne Legacy," "Act Of Valor," Kathryn Bigelow's and countless other special ops films all in the works, here's hoping there is something distinctive about it to make it stand out from the pack.

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  • Francesco | May 19, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    If he'll be in the movie, I will wacht him a thousand times **

  • Domiziano Arcangeli | June 30, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    I love Chris Hemsworth! He's the new Errol Flynn! There's something real Basic and Simple about Him, yet Mixed with a Sheer Allure of Movie Star surrounding him,Letting him Be the Hero, without ever Looking Arrogant or Routine, but Always Witty,Amused even about his too Obviously Handsome Features and Amazing Body: he does not Relies on those too seriously, Making Audiences Feel what his Character Precisely Defines.Furthermore He genuinely Conveys many subtle Nuances, while he's Strong at the Core,and Effectively Persuasive, with a Smile.

  • Colin | June 30, 2011 3:52 AMReply

    I have liked Hemsworth since seeing him in "A Perfect Getaway" and felt darker roles suited him better. Definitely looking forward to this.

  • Liz | June 30, 2011 3:12 AMReply

    Please, enlighten us then as to who qualifies as a charismatic action star?

  • Jess | June 30, 2011 3:04 AMReply

    No, I'm thinking of Chris Hemsworth, that piece of wood I saw on the screen during Thor.

  • Liz | June 30, 2011 2:08 AMReply

    @Jess You must have been thinking about Sam Worthington, because Chris Hemsworth is awesome and definitely not lacking charisma.

  • Jess | June 30, 2011 1:53 AMReply

    Oh joy, another charismaticless ~action star~

  • padre | June 30, 2011 1:14 AMReply


    Hemsworth is first new (viable) action star to come on the scene in years. Although Hollywood desperately needs to develop more such stars, I'll take what I can get. Now looking forward to this movie.

  • wh | June 29, 2011 12:31 PMReply

    ...who ADAPTED drive.

  • KitCon | June 29, 2011 11:32 AMReply

    Even if they all end up fairly similar, I'll take multiple Seal-Black Ops films over multiple Snow Whites, Wizards or vampires.

  • kure | June 29, 2011 11:16 AMReply

    how about Hossein Amini who wrote that distinctive enough for ya?

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