Well, the fellow Scot himself said so.
According to the NY Post, Kevin McKidd, who’s currently sporting an American accent as Dr. Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy, has two of his most beloved projects being made into a feature film. One of them is a big screen incarnation of the video game franchise Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, which he already lent a voice for as Captain “Soap” MacTavish.
“They were looking for a rough, Scottish actor in Hollywood they probably couldn’t get Gerard Butler, so they got the No. 2 Gerard Butler, me. I had no idea it would be so huge, and now there are talks of a feature film,” he revealed to PopWrap. Then came the kicker, when asked if he would be bringing Soap to life in the movie, he said, “if the script is good, and Gerard isn’t available [laughs], then absolutely.”
Well, they’re both Scottish and look good in a Roman/Spartan costume, but I don’t think he resembles Butler much physically. In fact, they couldn’t be more different IMO. In any case, I sure hope GB would never consider doing another video-game related flix, so Kevin, I hope you get the role! =)
His other project is the more likely one I’d go see. I love his performance as Lucius Vorenus in HBO’s Rome, as well as Ray Stevenson’s as Pullo, and I think it would work as a movie if they do it right. Here’s what Kevin said about that project, “There is a script that is being shopped and it’s supposedly very good, I haven’t seen it, but I am definitely going to be a part of the movie,” Kevin told PopWrap. He then went on to say that his character, soldier/politician Lucius Vorenus, is not dead despite what happened in the show. “He very much alive, so that should be a fun story to tell.”
Back in March, MovieWeb nabbed an exclusive interview with Ray Stevenson as he was promoting his Punisher movie and confirmed that the project is indeed happening. The Irish actor himself is keen on reprising his ferocious Roman legionary role, “I can’t wait to dust off the cobwebs of old Pullo. The guy is going to come in with a high body count. I love Pullo. I love him to pieces. I had such a great time playing him. And I got to do it in Italy and Rome. He is very special to me. He is a very special part of my history. I was very blessed to get that part.” Hey, I love him too, Mr. Stevenson!
Hmmm, I wonder which story the movie would expand on. But as long as Lucius and Pullo are still the central characters, I’d surely be watching!