Football icon would cameo opposite stars Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine

David Beckham has reportedly been offered a role in The Secret Service, the forthcoming spy thriller from Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn.

The film, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar, will star Colin Firth as a secret agent who joins forces with a punky young upstart played by newcomer Taron Egerton. Samuel L Jackson has been cast as the film’s villain and Michael Caine will appear as the head of a spy organisation.

Now Beckham has been offered a cameo role, The Sun claims, because Vaughn is keen to boost the movie’s profile.

“Becks was asked by Colin Firth if he’d like to be in the movie but he is yet to fully commit,” a source apparently told the tabloid. “He loves movies and fancies appearing on the big screen – but just as a one-off, not a full-time career.”

Beckham isn’t the only big name reportedly in line for a cameo in The Secret Service. Elton John is said to be wanted for a fight scene in the film, which is due to start shooting this autumn (2014).