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Hemsworth talks cyber crime role

Chris Hemsworth has admitted he knew little about cyber terrorism, before he did research for his next film Cyber.

The Rush star has finished shooting his role as a hacker, who is serving time in prison for his online misdemeanours, in Michael Mann's thriller.

"It was fascinating. I knew nothing about that world," the actor told German website Film Futter.

"Nowadays it is a very topical issue, because we see what is possible with hacking and cyber terrorism, such as crippling power grids in other countries. In our film, it shuts down the water pump in a nuclear power plant, causing the cooling system to overheat, which makes for a lot of chaos. When you do that research, you realise how technology makes us vulnerable."

Chris revealed that his character wrote a code that could hack into a major stock market, and when the code is used by another criminal, his alter-ego is offered a deal to co-operate with the authorities and join a task force to bring down that person.

"It's this sort of cat-and-mouse international heist-thriller," he said, adding that the movie would span the globe from Chicago to Kuala Lumpur, to Hong Kong and Jakarta.

Viola Davis and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's Archie Kao also star in Cyber, which is scheduled to be released in 2014.

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