Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter are claiming that Chris Evans has been approached for the role of Captain America, Marvel’s latest superhero to get the Hollywood treatment. Despite not having been screen tested, Evans has apparently been offered the chance to star in the upcoming film, currently entitled THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA (here’s hoping they shorten that title).
This development, however, has not been confirmed by either Marvel or CAA (Evans’ representatives) but would include him starring in up to three Captain America films and, of course, the long gestating Avengers movie. Evans certainly has the charisma and all-American appeal to carry off the role but two things stand in his way; his commitment to the Anna Faris romantic comedy WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (scheduled to begin shooting around the same time as CAPTAIN AMERICA) and his previous acting gig as The Human Torch in two FANTASTIC FOUR movies.
The role has been one of the most widely contested in recent memory as Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Wilson Blethel and Mike Vogel, John Krasinski and Chace Crawford have all been vying for the job.Whether or not Evans has been offered, or has even accepted, the role yet expect to hear an official announcement soon. What do you think about this casting decision?
UPDATE: Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter claim that Evans has accepted the role as Captain America and all that’s left to do is sign the contract. This seems like a slightly risky move for Marvel Studios but it could well pay off if the fans come to accept Evans in the role.
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA is being directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman) and is set to be released some time next year.