It’s always a nice touch when movie-licensed video games can get the actors from the movie to do voice work. Sega has signed Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston who play Thor and Loki, respectively, in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor to provide the voice work for their characters in the upcoming video game Thor: God of Thunder.
Of course, a nicer touch is when the game itself is actually good. I don’t think anyone begrudges GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 because it doesn’t have Pierce Brosnan voicing James Bond. I do think people begrudge Sega’s Iron Man and Iron Man 2 because they’re unplayable crap. Of course, maybe God of Thunder will break that movie tie-in losing streak. I doubt it, but it’s possible. Hit the jump for the press release. The game is due out in spring 2011 on all major video game platforms while Thor hits theaters on May 6, 2011.
SEGA Inks Actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston to Star in the Video Game Thor: God of Thunder
Hemsworth to Voice the Mighty Thor and Hiddleston his Antagonist Loki in the Marvel Icon’s Epic Action Adventure Game; Actors’ Likenesses Will Also Appear in Game
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – December 2, 2010 – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced they have signed Chris Hemsworth to voice the title role and Tom Hiddleston to voice Loki in the upcoming action adventure Thor™: God of Thunder. Both actors’ likenesses will also be used in the game, which is based on the legendary franchise from Marvel Entertainment, and marks Thor’s first standalone appearance in a video game.
“Bringing in Chris and Tom to star in Thor: God of Thunder gives us AAA talent that will create a truly cinematic interactive experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Mighty Thor and the trickster Loki will face off with real emotion while giving fans visual and vocal continuity between the video game and film adaptations of the Marvel franchise.”
Thor: God of Thunder will take players through an original, epic-scale third-person action adventure for which Matt Fraction, the Eisner Award-winning writer and lead Thor comic book author, served as story consultant. In the game, Thor battles through the numerous worlds of Norse mythology to save Asgard. Players will wield the iconic Mjölnir, Thor’s legendary hammer, to fight enemies of an immense scale while controlling the elemental storm powers of lightning, thunder and wind to vanquish enemies. Thor must overcome monstrous foes lifted from the pages of the comics, including Ulik, Ymir and Surtur, as well as other daunting enemies.
Thor: God of Thunder is scheduled for release spring 2011 on all major video game platforms.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth played George Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek film before portraying the title role in Marvel Studios’ Thor film and SEGA’s upcoming game, and he will pick up the hammer once more in 2012 for Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. He has also appeared in a variety of TV roles and in films such as A Perfect Getaway, Ca$h and more.
Tom Hiddleston graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has gone on to star in a number of critically acclaimed television productions including Return to Cranford and Wallander. He has also received universal praise on stage in a number of roles including a hugely successful production of Shakespeare’s Othello alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor, and an Olivier Award-winning performance in Cymbeline. In addition to voicing the role of Loki in Thor: God of Thunder, he plays Loki in the upcoming Thor film adaptation from Marvel Studios and in 2011 will also star in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.