Chris Hemsworth is donating his body to science — er, National Geographic, for new fitness docuseries “Limitless,” which explores whether aging is inevitable or curable, the “Thor” star revealed via a video announcement during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday.
The show is produced by Darren Aronofsky and Jane Root — the team behind Nat Geo’s “One Strange Rock” — who will use “their signature high-end cinematic style” to “capture Hemsworth’s epic mission to discover how we all can live healthier, smarter and longer lives,” per the cable channel. “No stranger to the pursuit of fitness and health (including the recent launch of his popular app Centr), Hemsworth aims to transform himself by training for six extraordinary challenges, showing how to fight aging at every stage of life.”
Here’s a more detailed description of what exactly Nat Geo will be putting Hemsworth through on “Limitless”:
Each episode will tackle a different way we can live better for longer: regenerating damage, maximizing strength, building resilience, shocking the body, supercharging memory and confronting mortality. Hemsworth will meet leading longevity scientists who believe that the key to staying young lies in rooting out and reversing the ravages of time before they take hold, and learn secrets from superhumans who demonstrate the mind-blowing extent of human potential. In “Limitless,” Hemsworth will come face-to-face with his own mortality, testing ways to extend his healthy life in challenges that will stretch his physical and mental abilities.
According to Nat Geo, the show will also “showcase extraordinary examples of longevity science from around the world — from the habits of centenarian martial artists to how Navy SEALs conquer stress. The series will reveal body hacks anyone can practice to keep the effects of aging at bay, and keep you fitter, smarter and stronger, regardless of age. Entertaining, immersive and life changing, ‘Limitless’ will rewrite the rulebook on living better for longer.”
“I’m thrilled to once again partner with Darren and Jane, along with their powerhouse creative teams at Protozoa and Nutopia, to reveal the science behind unlocking the body’s secret superpowers in order to maximize our full potential and to live better, longer,” National Geographic Global Television Networks president Courteney Monroe, said “We are so fortunate to have Chris Hemsworth at the center of this series and to tap into his genuine curiosity and real-life superhero powers to push his own personal limits.”
“Basically, I was somehow convinced to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig and endure a series of mental and physical challenges across the globe, all for the sake of science,” Hemsworth said. “We’re hoping to shed some light on new ideas and emerging science with the focus on extending a healthy life span. Production starts soon, so wish me luck.”
Aronofsky added: “‘Limitless’ has the potential to improve people’s lives in simple, impactful ways, and we love Chris’ enthusiasm to be our tour guide. I look forward to reteaming with Nat Geo, Jane and our friends from ‘One Strange Rock’ on this next adventure.”
“With ‘One Strange Rock’ we explored the incredible science of our natural world,” Root said. “‘Limitless’ is equally as grand in scope, but with a topic that’s much more personal and rife with emotion.”
“Limitless” will be produced for National Geographic by Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures. For Nutopia, Root and Arif Nurmohamed are executive producers, with Ruth Shurman acting as showrunner on the series. For Protozoa Pictures, Aronofsky and Ari Handel are executive producers. Hemsworth and Ben Grayson are also executive producers.
Executive producing for Nat Geo are Matt Renner and Bengt Anderson. Alan Eyres is senior vice president of production and development at Nat Geo and Geoff Daniels is executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment.
Hemsworth is repped by CAA, Fourward and Greenberg Glusker.