IT’S set to be one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the year, featuring Oscar winner Natalie Portman and the action-hero antics of Chris Hemsworth (pictured right) as the hammer-wielding Norse god. And Derryadd company, Norman Emerson & Sons, will be getting in on the act as the firm’s name is literally on the ‘big silver screen’.
One of the firm’s distinctive concrete-mixer lorries, decked out in a cream and red design, will appear in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, the sequel to the successful Thor film directed by Belfast-born actor Kenneth Brannagh.
The comic hero movie is not due to hit cinemas until the autumn, but employees at Norman Emerson & Sons are already abuzz with excitement - as are local movie buffs - after the official UK trailer for Thor 2 was uploaded to YouTube.
The opening shots of the trailer, which has been viewed over 10 million times and counting, show the lorry situated in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. The trailer then cuts to the truck rises mysteriously in mid-air while by-standers look on in disbelief.
Company director, Colin Emerson told the Mail how the Norman Emerson & Sons’ connection to the blockbuster all started with a letter.
“It arrived at Christmas from a Hollywood company saying that one of our lorries had been featured in the movie and would we give permission,”revealed Colin.
Having given the movie studio the green light, the company director admitted that he was surprised how quickly the movie-making process has progressed.
“I was expecting it to be a year or so before anything came of it,” he explained.
But he added that there was now “a bit of a buzz” among employees, particularly the lorry drivers, that the lorry - a Foden model - is a part of an epic movie.
Colin said: “We sold a fleet of old lorries and I understand that part of the movie was shot in England, so I think that’s how one ended up in the film. It’s just great to see and a bit of a surprise but it’s a great thing to happen for a local company.”
He added that he would be joining the throng of cinema fans when the film goes on general release in November.
To view the trailer search for ‘Thor’ at www.youtube.com.