Holy crap! Chris Evans is going to go through with it! According to THR, the actor has accepted the lead role in Marvel’s Captain America. The 28 year old who is known for his two appearances as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four movies, will now be known as Steve Rogers aka The First Avenger in Joe Johnston’s adaptation.
Evans was previously on a short list of actors that included John Krasinski, Mike Vogel, Patrick Flueger, Chace Crawford, Garrett Hedlund, Scott Porter, and Michael Cassidy. Just last week it was announced that the studio selected him as their primary candidate to play the Captain and according to sources close to the actor, he’s finalizing his contract as I type. Marvel hasn’t released an official statement and neither has the actor’s reps but the trade is adamant that he will yield the shield.
Not only will Evans headline his own movie, The First Avenger: Captain America, but he will also be the leader of the Avengers team, which will have him going toe to toe with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and possibly Edward Norton’s Hulk. Evans does have screen presence, and he can snark with the best of them, but is he really the guy who can take the Avengers to the next level?
I hate seeing actors do multiple comic book movies. Darn you Ryan Reynolds (Hannibal King, Deadpool, Green Lantern), do you see what you’ve started! Evans will also star in the DC/Vertigo Comics’ adaptation The Losers, which opens in theaters on April 23rd.
The actor is already listed as Steve Rogers on the Captain America IMDB page, alongside Hugo Weaving as the film’s villain Red Skull. The movie is slated to begin production sometime this summer, and we’re still waiting to see who will play his female lead.
The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled for release on July 22, 2011.
What do you think about Chris Evans being cast as Captain America? Do you think he’s the right choice?