People magazine's newly crowned "Sexiest Man Alive" is also one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. Chris Hemsworth, the blond beefcake best known for playing a hammer-swinging Norse deity in Marvel's "Thor" and "Avengers" movies, has no fewer than four films lined up for 2015.
The 31-year-old Australian actor will next be seen on the big screen in Michael Mann's techno-thriller "Blackhat," set for release Jan. 16 from Universal Pictures. Looking to tap into contemporary unease about the specter of cyber-terrorism, the movie finds Hemsworth playing a genius hacker serving a 15-year prison sentence who's tapped by the feds to help take down a firewall-crashing villain.
In March, Hemsworth will go low-tech in the Ron Howard-directed maritime drama "In the Heart of the Sea." Based on Nathaniel Philbrick's nonfiction book of the same name, the Warner Bros. movie will tell the story of the Essex, a New England whaling ship assaulted by one of its very targets in the winter of 1820. The real-life disaster went on to inspire Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick."
Hemsworth will pick up his trusty hammer again to play Thor in the highly anticipated Marvel sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron," set for release May 1. For those living in a superhero-proof bunker, the film is to reunite the dysfunctional all-star team of Thor, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and the rest in an effort to stop a megalomaniac android (James Spader).
Lest you think of him as nothing but a butt-kicking action hero, Hemsworth will also show off his comedic chops in Warner's "Vacation," a reboot of the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise set for release Oct. 9. He'll play the irritatingly successful brother-in-law of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms).