Just over 2 weeks ago we got a list of actors who were apparently screen testing for the lead role in The First Avenger: Captain America. From the lack of any official announcements it would appear Marvel and director Joe Johnston are still looking for their Steve Rogers, and according to 411 there is one actor in particular who may be in with a shot of claiming the role.
John Krasinski is getting even closer to nabbing the role that could propel him into action hero stardom … Captain America!
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 4 times and is doing screen tests,” our source tells us. “He has screen tested 2 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.”
One wouldn’t have guessed a TV comedy actor would be the likely candidate to play Captain America, a guy who’s strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and healing are at the highest limits of natural human potential, but I guess Krasinski may have something that the guys at Marvel are looking for.
We should be expecting the final casting decision to be revealed in the very near future as filming is due to begin in a few months time, and whoever lands the role will probably have a strenuous training schedule ahead of them.