This Grey's Anatomy actor almost played Thor

Kevin McKidd.
Kevin McKidd.
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  • Chris Hemsworth wasn't Marvel's first choice to play Thor.
  • Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd was almost cast in the superhero role.
  • Charlie Wen, the co-founder of Marvel Studios' visual development department shared the fun fact on Instagram.


Believe it or not, Chris Hemsworth wasn't Marvel's first choice to play the God of Thunder.

Seven films later it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role of Thor than the 36-year-old.

The role which catapulted his career almost went to Grey's Anatomy star, Kevin McKidd.

On Sunday, Charlie Wen, the co-founder of Marvel Studios' visual development department, shared early concept art on Instagram, which was based on Kevin.

He wrote: "Thought you might enjoy another very early Thor concept done even before pre-production started. I was trying out different actors to base #Thor on since @chrishemsworth didn't have the role yet at the time. This was based on @therealkmckidd."

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In an interview with IGN in 2007, the 46-year-old said that the rumours about starring in Thor were semi-true but that it wasn't for the lead role.

"I actually didn't know anything about it until I heard the rumours and called my agent and he said, 'Yeah, we're talking to them.'"

He added, though, that studio wanted to go with someone younger, a 19 or 20-year-old for the lead role.

A year later Kevin told the publication that he was in fact in talks to play the lead and not a supporting character but that there was a lot of back and forth.

Well, years later, we all know how that turned out.