Liam Hemsworth Cut from The Expendables, Starring in Arabian Nights
Posted 03.26.10 by BrentJS
Australian actor Liam Hemsworth may have made the move to Hollywood, but he's still known more for his relationship with pop star Miley Cyrus and for a sidewalk brawl with his famous older brother, Chris Hemsworth, than for his acting abilities. However, that could be changing very soon, and not just because of his co-starring role in the coming-of-age drama The Last Song with Cyrus. Like his brother, who is headlining Marvel Studios' Thor, Hemsworth will soon be starring in his own big-budget fantasy epic.
After appearing on Australian TV for several years, Hemsworth's agent began sending out his demo tape to various Hollywood agencies. One of the tapes caught the eye of Sylvester Stallone, who called Hemsworth to discuss a part in his '80s action homage, The Expendables.
I was at my friend's house and I got a phone call from my Australian agent who had sent my tape in a few days before and he said, "Stallone is going to call you in a few days," and I went back into my buddy's house and said, "Rocky's gonna give me a call, no big deal."
He called a few days later and it was weird to be speaking to him on the phone in my house while I am looking at his DVDs of Rocky and Rambo on the shelf .
Unfortunately for Hemsworth, the part he was chosen for was one of six
eventually cut from The Expendables because the cast was already too large. Hemsworth was next called in to read for Thor, but that plum role was snagged by his brother. With his Visa set to expire, Hemsworth may very well have been sent packing back to Australia if he had not landed the role in The Last Song.
His status in the States secured, Hemsworth continued to audition and now he will be starring in the swords-and-sandals epic, Arabian Nights, currently being developed by Inferno Entertainment with director Chuck Russell (Scorpion King) at the helm. Said Hemsworth:
It's physical and big and magic and epic. It's a really cool thing to be a part of. I play the prince — the young commander of the army whose king gets killed and he has to go off and sign a treaty with another army but he teams up with Sinbad, who helps him come back and defend his kingdom.
Next Showing: The Last Song
opens March 31