'Rome' Star Kevin McKidd A Potential 'Thor,' Kenneth Branagh Confirmed As Director?

'Kevin McKiddLast we heard, Kenneth Branagh was clearing his schedule to possibly direct "Thor," but there was still no word from the Marvel Movie Machine regarding whether the well-known veteran Shakespeare actor was officially on board -- or who would be playing the superhero son of Odin. Now it looks like we might have an update on both fronts.

According to IGN, "Rome" and "Journeyman" actor Kevin McKidd remains in the running for the title role in the live-action "Thor" movie. Chatting during the after-party for yesterday's premiere of "Punisher: War Zone" (which stars fellow "Rome" star Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher), McKidd said there had been "a lot of back and forth" about the film recently, and that he was indeed contending for the lead role. McKidd reportedly confirmed that Branagh is directing the film, too -- telling IGN that it was one of the reasons he was excited about the project.

McKidd's comment is certainly interesting, as we haven't heard much about potential casting choices for "Thor" -- in fact, the most significant news thus far involves people who declined the role (Daniel Craig). The potential confirmation of Branagh as director is also worth noting, as everything seems to be pointing toward him getting behind the camera, but there's been no official word yet. Heck, both current "Thor" comics writer J. Michael Straczynski and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada told MTV they think he's perfect to helm the film.

So is McKidd the right man to play Thor? And is Branagh the right director? Sound off in the comment section, readers!