The casting of both Captain America and Thor could be two of the most anticipated casting decisions in recent history, right up there with choosing Heath Ledger as The Joker. No doubt that Marvels decisions will be put under a microscope the minute the story breaks. But until then all we have to go on are rumors and actors who admit to being interested. One such chap is Rome and Journeyman star Kevin McKidd, who has long been a fan favorite for the role of Thor.

IGN caught up with McKidd at last night’s Punisher: War Zone premiere and asked him whether or not he is still in the running. McKidd confirmed for IGN that he’s still a contender for the lead role and that there’s been “a lot of back and forth” about the project of late, but that nothing has been determined. He also acknowledged that Kenneth Branagh is directing it, a choice that, as he told IGN, makes him even more excited about the film.

The Kenneth Branagh thing should make a lot of people excited, if you ask me. And as for Kevin McKidd, he’s got the stuff to make it work. And we would be willing to overlook his involvement in Grey’s Anatomy should he earn the role, as it does not diminish his ability to play a badass hippie like Thor — at least, the version of Thor I am betting will show up, the one from Mark Millar’s The Ultimates.

What would you think about Kevin McKidd as Thor?

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