Hayley Atwell Cast as Captain America's WWII Love Interest

April 14, 2010
Source: Deadline

Hayley Atwell

Marvel has officially announced (no more rumors!) that British actress Hayley Atwell (seen above) has been cast as Peggy Carter in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger (notice the new title, too?). Deadline has posted the press release, which doesn't reveal a single bit of new information besides Atwell's casting. The 28 year old actress beat out other British talent like Keira Knightley, Alice Eve, and Emily Blunt (mentioned here) for the breakout role. In the early comics, Peggy Carter fell in love with Captain America while fighting together during the war. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Read on!

Although Atwell has been in films like Cassandra's Dream, Brideshead Revisited, and The Duchess, this is the first time I've heard of her, so I don't have much to say. I'm glad to see that Joe Johnston is finalizing his cast for this film. Besides Chris Evans as Cap, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, and Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, we haven't heard about any other casting. I wonder how many other roles are left to fill? Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe which is when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

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  • DoomCanoe
    i don't like her face
  • CLAW
    I keep hoping that they get a better Director but I guess it's too late. Johnston is a hack every film he gets his hands on turns out bad Cap deserves better. I'm fine with the cast but I just can't feel good about this film with him at the helm, at least they got Whedon for The Avengers so not everything is doom and gloom.
  • germs
    Yes. She is pretty amazing. Good choice.
  • James
    The Rocketeer is a great movie by Johnston, and one in a very similar vein to Captain America. Now imagine what Johnston can do without the restraints put on him by Disney on The Rocketeer, and this could be a kick-ass period to modern day adventure/super-hero movie.
  • newfignewton
    this isnt even out yet and it is already circling the about f***ing up a free lunch...way to go Hollywood....
  • Nethanel
    Every time I see the name Chris Evans, I shake my head. Can he act? I haven't seen many of his movies besides Push, Fantastic Four's, and Sunshine.
  • Conrad
    To tell you the truth, i probably won't even watch this....and I haven't even seen any footage yet! lol!! No, it's too late now. They got a bad director. Fresh off the bad bad bad Wolfman, he's gotten the keys to Captain America. Chris Evans? as a lead? no..... fuck this chick too. she looks boring
  • M
    Doesn't matter anyway, won't be watching it. I hate when they post , she beat out so and so. Blunt took her name out of the role, and Knightley didn't even comment on it. She always said she didn't want to do another blockbuster after Pirates, so those 2 were out of contention.
  • My Eyes … MY EYES !!!
    I think Chris Evans is one lucky bastard. As sympathy for taking him off the rom com w/ Anna Faris (hottt) they offered him Alice Eve or this lass. BOTH beauties in my opinion. And to answer your questions, yes having seen Sunshine I'd say he's certainly capable of portraying more depth than his roles to date have allowed. In any case, however, it will pretty much rest on Evans to bring Steve Rogers to life. No small feat, imho. Maybe Joe Johnston can pit him against a T Rex or something. I guess Hugo Weaving's the next best thing. ;D
  • Tom
    New title? Since when was it not called Captain America: The First Avenger?
  • Tom
    Was it just flopped around before?
  • Spider94
    old title sucks,new title sucks even more just call it captain america jeeze why did they even bother with the first avenger subtitle like were all a buncha idiots who dont know who captain fuckin america is :@
  • Xerxex
    Jeez lot of hate for this, warranted I guess...well being the optimist that I am, I'm still on board and this is a good casting move. Just make it a good WWII setting and not some half assed one. I'm mostly worried about Johnston, he no backbone while directing Wolfman, he let the studio take control and we all know how that turned out.
  • @ DoomCanoe: Let's just say you will be too busy starring at something else to look at her face 😉
  • People's Champ
    I doubt she beat out Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley and others. I think it's more like they settled on her. I could care less who they get for the role. I'm more worried about the story and seeing how Chris Evans pulls off the role.
  • vladimir
    she has some big boobs...hopefully they make good use of them
  • vladimir
    why does everyone keep referring to Evans in Sunshine...the movie has more depth, but he plays his character with the same superficiality he has all his roles ...dont confuse the movie with the part
    she looks strange :/
  • It will not matter who plays the love interest if the script is bad.
  • Luke
    @Tom Yes the original tilte was The First Avenger: Captain America, but now they've changed it to Captain America: The First Avenger
  • sb
    If we had scorsese behind this film everything would be great.
  • newfignewton
    dead film walking...R.I.P.
  • DoomCanoe
    #14 OH YEAH!!!




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