Marvel Studios now confirms the news we and everyone else reported a couple weeks ago: actor Chris Evans will play the title character in The First Avenger: Captain America. Marvel has sent out a press release regarding the casting. You can check it out after the jump.
In a related story that we posted last night, Sebastian Stan has been cast as Captain America’s sidekick, Bucky Barnes.
Hit the jump to read the press release. The First Avenger: Captain America is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.
Chris Evans to Star in Marvel Studios’
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel Studios has officially confirmed that Chris Evans will star as Captain America in the studio’s highly anticipated movie THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA directed by Joe Johnston from a script penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Stratton Leopold and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Chris Evans will next star in Sylvain White’s THE LOSERS. He will also star in Edgar Wright’s SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. He recently wrapped production on PUNCTURE and he will soon start production on WHATS YOUR NUMBER. Evans previous credits include starring as Johnny Storm in the FANTASTIC FOUR Films, Danny Boyle’s SUNSHINE and David Ayer’s STREET KINGS.
In addition to THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, THOR on May 6, 2011, and THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.
Evans is represented by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and his attorney at Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.
About Marvel Entertainment
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