As the names of those actors up for Captain America continue to fall by the wayside — previously-reported candidates Scott Porter and Michael Cassidy have announced they did not get the gig — and as new names jump up — Dane Cook, Jonas Brothers — one name continues to remain in the center: John Krasinski.
And, if a new report from Fox411 is to be believed, Krasinski is in line for the role.
The Fox411 story states:
Insiders at the Marvel compound tell Fox 411 that he is close to landing the superhero gig of his life. John, who plays Jim on “The Office,” has appeared in front of producers repeatedly since the start of the new year and since rumors began in February.
“John has read four times and is doing screen tests,” our source tells us. “He has screen tested two 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.”
At this point, Krasinski is the main focus at Marvel.
“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.”
Krasinski has his detractors for the role, but more and more people seem to be coming over to his side. In any case, the idea certainly has a lot of people intrigued. Some form of “John Krasinski Captain America” is among the top Google searches on It’s Just Movies every day.
As for me, I hope he gets it. I think he could nail the role and I can easily see a day where everyone says they knew all along that he would be great in the role.
Directed by Joe Johnston, “The First Avenger: Captain America” is slated to be released July 22, 2011.
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