Chris Hemsworth is starring in a new Netflix movie Extraction, and for fans of the action star who are having to wait until November 2021 for the next installment of Thor, this will fill that gap.
Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a black-market mercenary who is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.
But, enveloped in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, the already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of both Rake and the boy he is rescuing.
Filmed in India and Thailand, this action-packed thriller also stars Stranger Things star David Harbour, Rudhraksh Jaiswal (Mahabharat), Randeep Hooda (Love Aaj Kal), Golshifteh Farahani (Blind Spot), Pankaj Tripathi (Abhi toh party shuru hui hai) and Priyanshu Painyuli (Rashmi Rocket).
The Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, (who are behind Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame) serve as producers for the film, alongside Mike Larocca, Eric Gitter, Peter Schwerin and Hemsworth, and in the director’s seat, stunt-double turned director, Sam Hargrave.
In an interview with US Today, Hargrave revealed the lengths they went to “dirty” Hemsworth up for the role.
“We tried to make him dirty and bloody and (added) stubble and a beard and just beat him up. But it seemed like the more dirt and blood we put on him, the more handsome he was. So we failed there,” he said.
“You’ve got a guy who has a dark past and has done some very violent things as a way to make a living. The interesting thing about [Hemsworth’s] character isn’t his physical bravery but his emotional cowardice.”
Hemsworth’s character tragically loses his own son, so looking after the child “awakens something within him that he’s buried and pushed aside for many years”.
Speaking to US Today, Hemsworth said: “He’s come to terms with the fact that his number could be up any second. The innocence and purity from this young kid reminds him that there’s still more to do on Earth before he departs.”
The Australian actor also spoke about how being a father helped his performance, which gave him a “rawness and authenticity that is hard to fake”.
“Every sort of perspective you have on anything in life changes when you have a child – it’s no longer about you, it’s about them. The idea of that not being the case or the loss of a child, I can’t imagine anything worse.”
Extraction will be available on Netflix from April 24, 2020.