Pedro Pascal & Chris Hemsworth Unite in Heat-Style Action Thriller Crime 101
Fri, Sep 1, 2023

The Mandalorian and The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal will team up with Thor and Extraction star Chris Hemsworth for the Heat-style crime thriller Crime 101. And the idea of the two A-listers uniting for an action outing clearly has studios in a frenzy, as reports have revealed that both Netflix and Amazon Studios are currently fighting for the rights to the project.

As per a report by Deadline, Netflix and Amazon are now doing battle for Crime 101 in a deal that the publication describes as “whopping,” with Amazon reportedly having “the edge.” While no deals are yet in place, sources have revealed that both Pascal and Hemsworth “have shown interest in the project prior to the strike.”

Alongside the duo of Pedro Pascal and Chris Hemsworth, Crime 101 has tapped American Animals director Bart Layton to helm the project. As well as the critically acclaimed heist movie American Animals, which tells the true story of the Transylvania University book heist which took place in 2004, Layton is also known for the BAFTA winning documentary The Imposter, which explores the 1997 case of a French confidence trickster Frédéric Bourdin.

Crime 101 will be based on the novella of the same name, which was released back in July 2021. Written by Don Winslow, Crime 101 has been compared to director Michael Mann’s seminal 1995 crime thriller Heat starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Which is certainly a comparison that should spark excitement. Though it’s a very high bar to reach for…

“A string of high-level jewel heists up and down the Pacific Coast Highway has gone unsolved for years, mostly because the perpetrator has lived by a strict code he calls ‘Crime 101,’” the official synopsis for Crime 101 reads. “Police attribute the thefts to the Colombian cartels. But Detective Lou Lubesnick’s gut says it’s the work of just one man. Now the lone-wolf jewel thief is looking for that fabled final last score, and Lou breaks all the rules of ‘Crime 101.’”

While further details surrounding the adaptation are unknown, we can assume from the novella’s outline that Pedro Pascal and Chris Hemsworth are circling the two main roles, with one playing the thief while the other stars as Detective Lou Lubesnick. The smart money would bet on Pascal playing the criminal, while Hemsworth plays the cop. But really, either actor could play either role.

Over the last few years, Pedro Pascal and Chris Hemsworth have become two of the biggest names in Hollywood. The former is best known for his roles in the likes of Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman 1984, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and his emergence as a protective father figure in both The Mandalorian and The Last of Us. The actor recently joined a stellar cast for the upcoming swords-and-sandals sequel, Gladiator 2, with the actor’s name now causing instant interest as soon as it’s attached.

Chris Hemsworth meanwhile is best known for his role in the MCU as Thor, with the actor expected to star in both upcoming Avengers sequels. The Marvel actor will next be seen joining the Mad Max franchise in the prequel, Furiosa, before voicing Optimus Prime in Transformers One.


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