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New plot and character details for Michael Mann's cyber-terrorism film starring Chris Hemsworth

09.30.2013
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We still don't have a title for Michael Mann's next film (although some in the media have been calling it CYBER), but in an interview before the German premiere for RUSH, Chris Hemsworth revealed some new character and plot details. While talking to the site Film Futter, Chris Hemsworth says he just finished work on the film, and shared some information on his character:

"I just finished it. It's based in the world of cyber-terrorism. Basically, something similar to the Chicago Board of Trade is hacked into and it sets off a chain of events around the world, affecting the stock market. And the code that was used to hack into it, my character had written it years before and he happens to be in prison for cyber crime. He is pulled out and offered a deal if he works with a joint task force of the FBI and the Chinese government in trying to track this guy down. It starts off in Chicago and ends up in Kuala Lumpur, in Hong Kong and in Jakarta. It's this sort of cat-and-mouse international heist-thriller."

The next part of Hemsworth's comments is on a plot point in the film, so some of you may want to avoid this section.

Caution: Spoilers ahead!

"It was was fascinating. I knew nothing about that world. It's very prominent now as we see what hacking and cyber terrorism can do, like shutting down power grids in other countries. In our film he shuts down the water pumps to overheat the cooling system in a nuclear power plant and causes a whole lot of chaos. When you do that research you realize, how vulnerable you are."

Michael Mann directing a cyber thriller sounds fantastic, and Chris Hemsworth should be an excellent lead in the film. Hemsworth is certainly a rising star with a bright future ahead of him, and I'm hoping he picks more projects like this and RUSH instead of movies like SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.

There isn't a release date for CYBER, but if filming is complete it should be out sometime in 2014.

Special thanks to JoBlo.com reader "Walter White" for the heads up!

Extra Tidbit: Dennis Farina (who sadly passed away in July) got his start in show business as a police consultant for Michael Mann.
Source: Film Flutter

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6:14PM on 09/30/2013
IMO Mann is one of the greatest living directors, he should be on everybody's top 5.

A lot actors break into the spotlight because of one big role (Sam Worthington/Avatar, any actor/superman) then they struggle to ever break that type cast. I thought that might be the case with Hemsworth, it's not.
IMO Mann is one of the greatest living directors, he should be on everybody's top 5.

A lot actors break into the spotlight because of one big role (Sam Worthington/Avatar, any actor/superman) then they struggle to ever break that type cast. I thought that might be the case with Hemsworth, it's not.
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11:00AM on 09/30/2013
"He is pulled out and offered a deal if he works with a joint task force"

That sounds awful cheesy, but it's Michael Mann, he's good. He pulled off pastel suits...
"He is pulled out and offered a deal if he works with a joint task force"

That sounds awful cheesy, but it's Michael Mann, he's good. He pulled off pastel suits...
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10:08AM on 09/30/2013
I'm a great fan of Michael Mann so this is a must watch for me.
I'm a great fan of Michael Mann so this is a must watch for me.
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9:56AM on 09/30/2013
This flick sounds interesting, but it also sounds like it could be bad if poorly executed. I'm into it right now. Hemsworth is a good actor & I've liked him in most everything that he's been in. Also, let's not forget that Mann is a pretty dang good director.
This flick sounds interesting, but it also sounds like it could be bad if poorly executed. I'm into it right now. Hemsworth is a good actor & I've liked him in most everything that he's been in. Also, let's not forget that Mann is a pretty dang good director.
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9:28AM on 09/30/2013
I love me a good techno thriller. Also interesting because one of the filming locations is Malaysia, which is pretty near where I am. I remember some of my friends calling for fangirl contingents to throng the set. I was watching Swordfish today with Dominic Sena's commentary and man, that's just silly as heck. I trust Michael Mann to be able to deliver something plausible and exciting at the same time, and Hemsworth has grown on me as an actor a lot particularly after Rush.
I love me a good techno thriller. Also interesting because one of the filming locations is Malaysia, which is pretty near where I am. I remember some of my friends calling for fangirl contingents to throng the set. I was watching Swordfish today with Dominic Sena's commentary and man, that's just silly as heck. I trust Michael Mann to be able to deliver something plausible and exciting at the same time, and Hemsworth has grown on me as an actor a lot particularly after Rush.
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9:12AM on 09/30/2013
This sounds terrific. Hemsworth is a great actor and I hope to see him in more high profile films that stretch his chops as an actor.
This sounds terrific. Hemsworth is a great actor and I hope to see him in more high profile films that stretch his chops as an actor.
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