Hayley Atwell Cast as Captain America's WWII Love Interest
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.