Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Josh Holloway Up for 'Captain America 2'?
The shortlist for actresses in contention for the lead female role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been interesting. Names like Anna Kendrick, Imogen Poots, Felicity Jones, Emelia Clarke, Jessica Findlay Brown, Teresa Palmer and Alison Brie have all been mentioned for the role that is described as being a character in her 20s with "an accent." That makes us believe that thoughts about Sharon Carter (or Agent 13), niece of the now aged Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger are accurate, but now a new name has popped up and apparently Marvel is very keen on this lovely talent. More below!
While talents like Palmer, Poots, Clarke and Brown-Findley already have native accents (and Brie has the British accent she threw on for The Five-Year Engagement alongside Emily Blunt, also rumored for a Marvel role), this new star would have to fake her accent. Latino Review says Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is the actress that "Marvel has the most traction with right now." She's got plenty of action experience, and fanboys already love her because of her turn in Edgar Wright's aforementioned graphic novel adaptation, so this sounds perfect to me. Of course, Brie also still has the bonus of having worked with directors Anthony and Joe Russo on "Community," so we'll see what happens.
But that's not all the new casting we have for the Captain America sequel. Latino Review (who have always been right on the money with Marvel scoops) are hearing that two "very physical" male roles are being cast, one being an American and the other being foreign. Two of the names up for these parts are Josh Holloway (Sawyer from "Lost") and "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kevin Durand is also in running, but not as likely a choice. The scoopers speculate these roles might be for villains, but Screen Rant has an interesting theory that Marvel might try to introduce the character Quasar.
So those are the latest rumors for Captain America: The Winter Solider, and since this news comes from a reliable source, we're betting some official casting news echoing these rumors should be surfacing soon. Winstead and Holloway would be great additions to the Marvel universe, and I'm sure fantasy fans would love to see Coster-Waldau make the jump to the big screen in a big comic book role. Hopefully story details also surface so we can figure out how this will continue Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe.
UPDATE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead might be hinting that her casting won't happen as she wrote on Twitter: "Internet rumors can be fun, but unfortunately they are often also very untrue. Bear that in mind, kids!" Stay tuned.