It’s official: Chris Evans is Captain America. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that Evans has accepted the title role in Marvel’s “The First Avenger: Captain America.”
Evans was offered the role last week, but it wasn’t known whether he would accept because of a potential scheduling conflict with “What’s Your Number?,” a romantic comedy with Anna Faris.
Marvel’s offer for the role was reportedly for as low as a $300,000 salary and a nine-picture option that includes Captain America films, Avengers films and appearances in other Marvel films. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog confirms a deal has been made and Evans and Marvel are finalizing the contract.
Evans’ casting marks the end of what seems like a never-ending stream of reports about who would fill Captain America’s shoes. Reports first started surfacing online about a shortlist for the role that included John Krasinski, Chace Crawford, Mike Vogel and Garrett Hedlund.
For a while, it was rumored that Krasinski was the top choice. Then another site reported the shortlist was down to three: Evans, Channing Tatum and Sebastian Stan.
Evans has played a Marvel hero before, the Human Torch in “Fantastic Four,” so it was uncertain whether the studio would want him to play another Marvel hero. But after a long casting process, he has now landed the role.
Personally, I’m happy to see Evans cast. He proved he has acting chops in Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine,” and I think he’s by far the strongest contender when compared to the other two options on the reported final shortlist.
But what do you think? Are you happy to see Evans as Captain America or would you rather have seen someone else? Sound off in the comments section.
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