I love days like this. This morning, we posted a story about “The Office” star John Krasinski being the frontrunner for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America adaptation. Only a few hours later, it looks like that report (initially from Fox 411) has been disproven and some new information has come to light.
Deadline has the exclusive report.
Marvel has slightly expanded its search — adding actors that I’m told include Chris Evans, who already logged Marvel Comics superhero time as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films. Of the original contenders, two are still in serious contention: Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy). Hedlund was on Marvel’s original wish list but didn’t test at first.
They also mention “it’s not going to work out for the other actors” who screen tested for the role of Steve Rogers, and count Krasinski as one of the unfortunate few. What a difference a few hours can make.
Given this new spin on Joe Johnston’s film, I must say I’m pleased with the remaining choices. Chris Evans (as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch) was the best part of the Fantastic Four series, and I’ve been quietly pulling for Hedlund all along. After the incredibly strong debut of the Tron: Legacy trailer yesterday, perhaps Marvel is looking at the actor through fresh eyes. What do you all think about this development? Are you happy that Krasinski is out, and if so, who would you like to see suit up in the red, white, and blue?