As we discussed a week ago, Stardust director Matthew Vaughn is gearing up to bring Marvel Comics’ Thor to the big screen. With a writers’ strike looming, the production team is trying to get the project done sooner than later, which is why the casting rumors are already coming fast and furious — and IGN Movies (via CHUD and IESB) brings us word of not one, but two actors who could potentially play the hammer-wielding hero.
First, from CHUD, comes word of the studio’s rumored choice for the role:
Marvel wants wrestler Triple H to play the god of thunder, while Vaughn is dead set against it.
From a physical standpoint, the WWE star whose mother named him Paul Levesque wouldn’t be a bad choice — and if Thor was being made 20 years ago, this is exactly the direction everyone would expect the project to go. (Matter of fact, we’re sort of surprised Brian Bosworth never starred in a late ’80s, direct-to-video Thor.) Still, it’s easy to see why Vaughn would resist the studio’s alleged overtures, and IESB claims that another actor under consideration for the part of Asgard’s favorite son is the decidedly less bulky Kevin McKidd (of Rome).
Back in the day, of course, the comic-book version of Thor walked the Earth as the gimpy mortal Dr. Donald Blake, who transformed into his immortal alter ego by striking his cane on the ground — so it isn’t completely out of the question that both actors could wind up in front of Vaughn’s cameras. Just a thought.