Chris Hemsworth has confirmed that he would be open to a return to the Star Trek franchise if he was asked to by director J.J Abrams.
In 2009, Star Trek was rebooted with a younger cast, with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scott, John Cho as Sulu and Karl Urban as McCoy.
At the beginning of the film, we see Kirk's father, George Kirk, played by Hemsworth. It was one of the Australian actor's first major movie roles.
He has since become one of the most bankable stars on the planet due to his appearances as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A fourth instalment of Star Trek has been planned, and one idea involved a time travel storyline that would see Pine and Hemsworth appear together as father and son, only for the plans to fall through.
Hemsworth is still up for a return, though.
“There was talk about me doing the film with Chris Pine at one point, the script was put together and then it fell apart," he told Vanity Fair.
"But if J.J. Abrams called me tomorrow and said: ‘Chris Pine and I want to do it’, I’d probably say: ‘Yeah, let’s go for it’."
How Star Trek helped Hemsworth in Thor
By the time Star Trek premiered in 2009, Hemsworth's star was on the rise and it was his performance as George Kirk that helped him gain the most important role of his career so far, Thor.
“I’d shot Star Trek and then I had about eight or nine months where I couldn’t get a job," the Australian continued.
"Then the film came out and it gave me some momentum. I had auditioned for Thor a few times but didn’t get a callback. I then had the opportunity to have another callback. Star Trek had come out, Kenneth Branagh had seen it. I do think it helped in many, many ways. I think J.J. Abrams and Kenneth had a conversation.
“The initial audition I sent was with my mum and I, and my mum was reading as Anthony Hopkins, so I don’t know, maybe it was her read that somehow swayed the vote there.”