We reported in June that director Michael Mann's untitled hacker thriller starring Chris Hemsworth had started production. Now that shooting has wrapped, the actor has revealed new details on the project, entitled Cyber, and the character he plays.
"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 goverment 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."
Be warned, there are plot spoilers below so read on at your own risk. Chris Hemsworth laid out a very specific plot point that shows how dangerous these cyber-terrorists really are.
"It 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 (the villain) 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 is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Davis Foehl. Viola Davis, Wei Tang, Leehom Wang, Holt McCallany and Leslie Mann co-star. No release date has been set at this time, so stay tuned for more details.