McKidd linked with superhero film

Bedford-based actor confirms "semi-true" Thor rumours.

Bedford-based actor Kevin McKidd has been linked with the latest superhero film.

He is one of the names in the frame for the role of Thor, aka The Mighty Thor, in a motion picture directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake; Snatch; Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels) expected to begin filming later this year.

The Scots-born actor is reported to have described the rumours as "semi-true", saying: "I didn't know about them either until I heard the rumours and called my agent. And he went: 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, we've been talking to them about it.'

"But the last I heard from my agent, they're talking that they want to go for somebody much younger, a 19 or 20-year-old, for that role. So they're reconceptualising it as we speak."

However, internet rumours have also suggested that Mr McKidd could be in line for another major part in the film - touted by some as Thor's nemesis Loki, his adopted brother who has hated him since childhood. Both characters were inspired by Gods of the same name from Nordic mythology.

The title role has been linked with professional wrestler Paul Michael Levesque, better known by his ring name Triple H.

While Mr McKidd found his big break playing the tragic Tommy in the classic 1990s film Trainspotting, he is no stranger to appearing in costume.

His career has also taken in portraying a centurion in the BBC series Rome, the Duke of Norfolk in period series The Virgin Queen, an English sergeant in the Crusades-era film Kingdom Of Heaven, and he even wore a dog collar as Father Deegan during a Father Ted Christmas special.