It appears that the race for the title role in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America may soon be coming to a close. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fantastic Four's former Human Torch, Chris Evans has been offered the coveted role.
Of course, it's not that simple. (Is it ever?) Scheduling conflicts are now his biggest obstacle. Evans is apparently tied-down by a commitment to a romcom with Anna Faris called What's Your Number, which is shooting this summer around the time that First Avenger was set to be shot. The upcoming Avengers prequel is set for release on July 22, 2011. Therefore, this decision needs to be made quickly, as the shooting schedule (and possibly the costume) may end up being uncorfortably tight. (Remember what happened to X-Men Origins: Wolverine?)
How did the ascendancy of Chris Evans occur? Let's recap.
A late addition to an illustrious original list of candidates for the role, the 28 year-old Evans would later be joined in the rumor mills by bigger-named latecomers such as Channing Tatum and Ryan Phillippe. However, what Evans would bring, is big-budget superhero blockbuster experience. (Evidenced by the fact that he did not even need to screen test.) It seems that Marvel's priorities for the project had them looking beyond the prospect of established stars. Despite being recognizable from the Fantastic Four films and Push, Evans is far from a household name. Should he be able to work out these scheduling issues, that would certainly change real quick.
However, the prospect of his landing the gig is still a rumor. In fact, when the folks over at SuperHeroHype attempted to obtain a confirmation from Marvel, they were given the "no comment" cold shoulder, dismissing the claim as "rumors." Similar brick walls were hit by attempts by others to contact Evans' agency over at CAA. Therefore, the "rumor" status will have to remain for now.
What are your thoughts on Chris Evans? Does his involvement in the Fantastic Four films (which Fox are already planning to reboot) taint his viability? He may have the look, but does he have what it takes?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter