Chris Evans Catches '1:30 Train' Directorial Debut Before 'Avengers 2'

August 2, 2013

Chris Evans

After showing off some action at Comic-Con last month with footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (watch our video blog recap here), Chris Evans is now preparing to get behind the camera for the first time. Deadline has word that Evans will make his directorial debut with a film called 1:30 Train, an indie project which he will helm this fall and finish shooting before he picks up the shield again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and director Joss Whedon. Though the title could easily be for an action thriller, Evans is going more low key with a romance that is said to be in the same vein as the lovely Before Sunrise.

The story follows two strangers who meet in Manhattan and spend one night together as the problems in their own lives become the basis for getting to know each other and better understand themselves. The comparison to Before Sunrise is a tall order since it's the first film in an unlikely franchise from director Richard Linklater, with the most charming installment, Before Midnight, currently standing as my favorite film of the year. However, the script comes from Ron Bass, who has written a wide variety of films like Rain Man, Dangerous Minds, What Dreams May Come and Entrapment, so this could be good. Evans was once attached to the project with someone else directing, and the script just stuck in his mind enough that he decided to make it himself. This is one of those films that will likely hit the festival circuit. Interested?

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