Last week we heard that Emily Blunt had turned down an offer from Marvel to play the role of Peggy, Steve Rogers’ love interest, in The First Avenger: Captain America. Now comes word from E! that Keira Knightley has done the same, so Sex and the City 2 actress Alice Eve is now likely to bag the role.
I’ve wanted Alice Eve, who is the least well known out of the actresses, to land the role ever since there was talk she was up for the part. Blunt and Knightley were probably only in the running because they are the first actresses you think of when someone says ‘young British actress’. The two don’t really need the role either, and it would be more suited to Eve.
It’s not hers just yet, however:
Also up for the Peggy Carter part is fellow Brit Hayley Atwell, 28. I’m told both actresses are screen-testing for the second time for the coveted role tomorrow in London.
I guess we’ll hear who lands the part over the next week or so. So far the cast for The First Avenger: Captain America consists of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Chris Evans as the main guy, and Sebastian Stan as sidekick Bucky. The Wolfman director Joe Johnston will be directing and is currently prepping for a June start in London.