Captain America Cast?

20 03 2010

Apparently, Chris Evans (Sunshine, The Losers) has been offered the titular role in Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the production, mostly because I have an interest in the Marvel Universe. After Marvel Studios put out Iron Man, I was onboard with them developing their own characters into films, instead of licensing them out to other studios (ala Sony’s Spider-Man and Fox’s X-men films). Unfortunately, they followed the incredible success of Iron Man with the lackluster The Incredible Hulk. Now, they are looking to expand with more character films, looking to eventually make a The Avengers movie to tie all these characters together. Kenneth Branaugh has a great cast lined up for his Thor movie, but Captain America has been a little bit bumpier.

At the helm of the film is Joe Johnston, a choice of which I am very leery. Sure, he’s had some great films (The Rocketeer, October Sky), but he also has some crap movies (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji, The Wolfman). They’ve made a great move in casting Hugo Weaving as Captain America’s arch nemesis, the Red Skull.

But the casting of Captain America himself is an all together different struggle. Whatever actor takes on the Captain needs to project the leadership and power of the character. He has to be believable when eventually giving orders to the likes of Robert Downey, Jr. and Ed Norton in an eventual Avengers movie. The studio has been looking at young actors, since this will likely be a franchise that stretches down the road for awhile, and the story shows his progression from gangly teen to super soldier.

As the report says above, apparently the role has been offered to Chris Evans. Evans definitely has the physique to pull off Cap, but I guess it will be wait-and-see if he has the right personality for it. I love Evans in films like Sunshine and London, but the Fantastic Four movies don’t exactly bolster his comicbook acting chops. Obviously, the Human Torch is nothing like Captain America. I guess we’ll see if this film can pull it together.

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