Since Captain America: The Winter Soldier will take place in the present day (or at least partially in the present day; there will be flashbacks), the production is looking for a new female lead. Three actresses are reportedly the frontrunners for the part: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Anna Kendrick (50/50), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night). However, this news should be taken with a grain of salt since it comes from the New York Post‘s Page Six [via Bleeding Cool]. The post is more tabloid than newspaper, but if we want to play along with their story, I like these three choices. While the Post doesn’t mention the name of the lead female character, the most likely candidate is Sharon Carter.
Hit the jump for more. Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, and is due out April 4, 2014.
For those unfamiliar with Carter, Wikipedia says she was originally the younger sister of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell‘s character in the first movie), but was later retconned as Peggy’s niece. Sharon Carter is an ex-field agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and had a romantic relationship with Captain America. I don’t keep up with superhero comics (too many books to buy because of all the damn crossovers), so I don’t know how they pushed through the awkwardness of having Steve Rogers start dating the niece of his former love interest. I’m not sure how they’ll figure it out in the movie either assuming the new female lead is Sharon Carter.
The sequel has already cast one major new addition by adding Anthony Mackie to play Falcon. Additionally, Sebastian Stan would return to play Bucky Barnes, who becomes the eponymous Winter Soldier, but there’s been no confirmation of Stan being on board for the new movie.