Krasinski Not the Top Choice for Captain America - Who Is?
Just over a week ago we heard about the short list of contenders to hold the shield and wear the stars and stripes of The First Avenger: Captain America. Honestly, the list wasn't that impressive with barely any of the desired talent looking old enough to eventually lead The Avengers or having an acting resume to back them up. Earlier today came news from Fox 411 that Marvel's first choice, according to insiders at the company, was John Krasinksi, but now it looks like that scoop isn't true as Deadline reports only Mike Vogel and Garrett Hedlund are in serious contention with a few other new names thrown into the mix.
Fox 411 claims that Krasinski has kept getting called back to see producers again and again since the start of the new year, which may still be accurate even though Krasinski's apparently out. Their inside source said:
"John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests. He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week. The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads. They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else."
However, this doesn't look to be the case as Deadline Hollywood says they have scratched Krasinski as well as Chace Crawford, Scott Porter, Michael Cassidy and Patrick Flueger off the list, but added a couple more, the only of which that was mentioned is Chris Evans, who already had his turn as a superhero playing The Human Torch from Fantastic Four. However, it seems like the frontrunner could very well be Tron Legacy's Garrett Hedlund, as Deadline says he was on Marvel’s original wish list but didn't test at first. Scheduling apparently created issues, but much like the rest of us, Hedlund's reps were none too pleased when Marvel informed them that the job would include options for 9 future films and a salary of only around $300,000.
I'm not really sure what to make of this whole superhero casting fiasco at the moment. I definitely wasn't looking forward to the idea of seeing John Krasinksi play Captain America. That comic version of Krasinksi in the photo above comes from a strip on Hijinks Ensue (via SlashFilm). As for the other potentials, I'm not totally sold on Garrett Hedlund yet, even though the Tron Legacy trailer looks awesome, I've got to see if he can really act in that to consider him a big next action star worthy of this role. As for Chris Evans, I hope he doesn't get it either, he had his shot at playing a superhero and wasn't good enough to play another one.
Still, there are apparently a couple of other unrevealed names along with Evans who could very well get the job and director Joe Johnston and the producers are taking their sweet time figuring out who will hold the shield and lead one of the most powerful and iconic superhero teams of all time: The Avengers. There is an entire set of films riding on whoever they cast. I hope they make the right decision. Thoughts? Concerns?
Update: Just when you thought there couldn't be any more news names to throw into the mix, Heat Vision now claims that Wilson Bethel, who starred on HBO's "Generation Kill", is in the running as well. No one else new besides that, with more mentions of Mike Vogel and Chris Evans, but that's about it. I'm going to be happy once we get to the end of this and find out who they actually cast for this. We'll keep you updated!