CAPTAIN AMERICA Lead Offered to Chris Evans

     March 19, 2010

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Finally, something resembling forward motion in the casting for the lead of The First Avenger: Captain America.  Mere hours ago we heard wind of another iteration of the shortlist which featured Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), and relative unknown Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) as the most serious contenders for the role.  Now Heat Vision reports that an offer has been extended to Chris Evans, who seems to be the most popular name among those tossed about.  As super soldier Steve Rogers is the role of a lifetime, Evans will of course accept posthaste . . . right?

Well, perhaps not; find out why after the jump.

The deal is to star in for up to three Captain America films in addition to a lead role in the Avengers franchise, not to mention possible cameos in individual films of other Marvel superheroes.  Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston are looking to get The First Avenger in front of cameras this summer, which unfortunately conflicts with the shoot of What’s Your Number?, a romantic comedy which Evans committed to headlining alongside Anna Faris.

As great as it would be to see Evans on screen with Faris (love her!), I think his brand of swagger is better fit to fill out the red, white, and blue tights.  So, I hope Number doesn’t cause too much of a dilemma.  I’m sure we’ll hear soon either way, and you’ll hear very soon after that.

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