Chris Evans Gets the Role of Captain America
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Monday that Chris Evans will be playing Marvel Comics’ iconic hero Captain America on the big-screen.
The movie is titled “The First Avenger: Captain America” Many actors have been rumored to be up for the role for months. Action stars Channing Tatum and Garrett Hedlund were considered, as Chace Crawford and Scott Porter. Even The Office’s John Krasinski tested for the part.
Chris Evans was a late addition to the roster of potential leads, but he had already established himself as a comic-book hero by playing the Human Torch in the two “Fantastic Four” movies.
While fans have expressed their doubts at some of the candidates for the role, response to Evans has been positive. His performance as Johnny Storm in “Fantastic Four” and “Rise of the Silver Surfer” were widely considered to be the best parts of those movies. It’s been rumored Evans will sign a multi-picture contract that could see him appear as Captain America in multiple films, both on his own and with the Avengers.
Production on “The First Avenger” will begin in June. Hugo Weaving is in talks to play Captain America’s nemesis, the Red Skull. . “Captain America” is scheduled to open on July 22, 2011.