British model James Gooding is bidding for a role in new Hollywood epic King Arthur.

The model, who is most famous for dating Australian pop princess KYLIE MINOGUE last year (02), has reportedly auditioned for the role of knight SIR LANCELOT in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced picture.

So far only British actors Clive Owen and Stephen Dillane have been cast in the roles of KING ARTHUR and MERLIN.

But 27-year-old Gooding is desperate for a part in the $100 million (GBP66 million) movie - which is to be directed by Antoine Fuqua and will begin shooting in Ireland later this year (03).

A friend says, "Playing a swordsman really appeals to James.

"He is currently doing some TV work but obviously if a film role acme about he would jump at the chance."