Ryan Phillippe Joins the Many Names Under Consideration for CAPTAIN AMERICA

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I have an exclusive announcement: I am under consideration for the lead role in The First Avenger: Captain America.  Well okay, not yet exactly.  But once they cycle through every young white male in Hollywood, they’ll get to my alliterative name.

The tale of super soldier Steve Rogers is one of the hottest untapped superhero properties on the market, so this is obviously a huge role for whoever lands it, but it’s getting difficult to keep track of all the contenders.  The first we heard, John Krasinski, Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, Chace Crawford, Garrett Hedlund, and Jensen Ackles were all on the shortlist.  After a short-lived rumor that Krasinski was a lock came word that he was anything but; in fact, Tron: Legacy star Hedlund and Vogel (Cloverfield) made it to the top of the initial heap, now joined by Fantastic Four‘s Chris Evans.  To add to the confusion, Hitfix has another name for us that teases great things: Ryan Phillippe.  Details on what Marvel is trying to tell us after the jump.

Captain America  (1).jpgIn a recent Collider interview, director Joe Johnston confided that he was hoping for a younger unknown to nab the role, and that casting would be done by March 1.  Said date has come and gone, of course.  While Hugo Weaving was conclusively cast as Red Skull, the villain of the film, we still have no idea who will undertake the iconic lead role.

One thing is certain (for now): Johnston and Marvel aren’t perusing the A-list.  Early reports suggested the comic book studio wished to sign the chosen one for a $300,000 nine-film deal, a number below the quote of most of the actors you can name.  But Philippe is notably an actor that the proverbial you can name–he’s had relatively high profile roles in Cruel Intentions, Gosford Park, and Crash among other films.  Likewise, the recently revealed Evans is ostensibly a name actor, if only through his association to the Fantastic Four franchise.  In other words, it looks like Marvel willing to loosen the purse strings.

Also loosening is the age requirement as Phillippe, at the respectable age of 35, is no spring chicken in youth-stricken Hollywood.  The actor eventually cast must believably stand toe to toe against the likes of Iron Man‘s Robert Downey Jr. (and perhaps Edward Norton recurring as Hulk) in the eventual Avengers movie.  Perhaps it is a safer bet to cast a few years older to accomplish such a feat.  Phillippe is an interesting name to toss around, and very capable of the necessary gravitas if selected.

I am very eager to see how this turns out.  At this point, don’t be surprised if the actor selected was ultimately never on any of these lists.  But at this point, given Marvel’s budding reputation for solid franchise planning, do be surprised if their choice flounders in the role.

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  • KrisThunder

    I still think Krasinski was a great choice, Evans and Vogel are also good

    This guy does not look like he will make a good Cap, niether will Hedlund

  • billymatt

    don't believe much of this, especially phillipe….too wimpy looking….as usual, this also is
    agents throwing their clients name out there to get some attention….I trust Marvel to make the right choice…..for me, I like the guy from “Chuck” , Ryan McPartlin, looks the part, can act and reminds me of a young Christopher Reeves…but is he even on their radar?

  • JaySin420

    This is probably the best choice so far but I hope they go with somebody totally different, I just have no clue who that might be.

    It's a tough spot because they need someone young but not too young, they need to be tall and somewhat built, but they also need a really strong actor.

    I think it would be almost impossible to sell an unknown as Cap especially since he'll be leading guys like Downey when the Avengers comes out.

  • junierizzle

    How about MATT DAMON? He would totally kick Downey Jr's ass in a fight. Oh wait, they want to pay the actor peanuts, nevermind. I think MARVEL should just pay up and get a well known lead with some balls. He does have to lead in AVENGERS right???
    It's Captain AMerica for crying out loud!!

  • jc

    You know, the fact that new names keep coming out makes me think that none of the candidates presented thus far have been that strong in their screen tests. :

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    alright, this is a nightmare now..

  • MCd_lyte

    I one time interview Reese Witherspoons for Belarusian MYV and ask “What it is like to be married to a worst actor in Hollywood?” and she get mad and leave and I am fired. But then she get a divorce and maybe it is my fault? I have a new job now

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  • MCd_lyte

    I one time interview Reese Witherspoons for Belarusian MYV and ask “What it is like to be married to a worst actor in Hollywood?” and she get mad and leave and I am fired. But then she get a divorce and maybe it is my fault? I have a new job now

    http://tinyurl.com/ykjxpll

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