Deadline are reporting that Steven Spielberg is eyeing Chris Hemsworth for the lead in his next directorial project after ‘Lincoln,’ his big budget technothriller, ‘Robopocalypse.’ Drew Goddard’s (The Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield, Lost) script for the film is based on Daniel H. Wilson’s epic novel about the human race’s attempt to survive an apocalyptic robot uprising. Although nothing is said to be official at this moment in time, Hemsworth would be Spielberg’s first casting on ‘Robopocalypse.’ Scheduled for a worldwide release on April 25th, 2014, the story is set in the near future and tells the story of an artificial intelligence named Archos who assumes the persona of an innocent boy and takes over control of the global network, turning our own technology against us.

Chris Hemsworth, who starred in the title role of ‘Thor’ in Kenneth Branagh’s well-received film version of the Marvel comic book ‘Thor,’ has quickly become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.  This summer he’s starred in two of the biggest blockbusters in Marvel’s ‘The Avengers,’ where he reprises his role of Thor, and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. Hemsworth next stars in the lead role in Ron Howard’s drama, ‘Rush,’ in which he plays British Formula One driver, James Hunt. He recently starred in the Joss Whedon–scripted ‘Cabin in the Woods’ and also stars in Dan Bradley’s remake of ‘Red Dawn’ in the role originated by Patrick Swayze. Next year Hemsworh reprises his role of Thor in ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ The synopsis for Daniel H. Wilson’s ‘Robopocalpse’ novel can be read below.

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you. In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late. When the Robot War ignites — at a moment known later as Zero Hour — humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united.