The Captain America movie casting has officially reached Stage Four: Infuriating.
The casting of Cap continues to be a steadily rotating wheel of disaster, which is really unfortunate. Several names have been tossed into the ring, including Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Garret Heldund (Tron Legacy), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Wilson Bethel (“Generation Kill”). Now you can add two more names to the mix — Ryan Phillippe (The Way of the Gun) and former stripper
Charming Potato Channing Tatum (Dear John, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
Ugh. Can I vote for none of the above? Captain America is possibly the toughest of the Avengers to cast, because he’s such an iconic character whose career spans two completely separate eras, different ages, different everything. He’s tough, all-American, noble… kind of the non-flying Superman of the Marvel universe. Phillippe is wrong in almost every way I can think of. I actually don’t mind him as an actor — in fact, I really liked him in the last flick I saw him in, Franklyn. But he’s not Cap. And Channing Tatum certainly has the build for it, but Jesus batmonkey-humping Cristo, is that boy wooden. Calling him wooden is an insult to wood. He’s just a terrible actor. I mean, some of his first work was as a dancer in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” video. This is our possible future Captain America?
So the wheel continues to go round and round.
In other Captain America news, director Joe Johnston is also looking at three actresses for the role of “Peggy” — Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt and Alice Eve. The only Peggy I can remember from the comics is Peggy Carter, Cap’s girlfriend during WWII, who was a member of the French resistance and some sort of spy, if I remember correctly. Given Johnston’s determination to cast an American as Cap, it’s odd that he’s looking at three Brits for Peggy (who is American in the comics), but what the hell do I know. Knightley can do action, as evidenced in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, I know little about Eve other than she was in the awful Crossing Over and currently starring in She’s Out of My League. Emily Blunt is pretty much fantastic, but in the end it’s likely a smaller role, so it’s not that important. They’re all good-to-very-good actresses.
Regardless, The First Avenger: Captain America (still hate the title) is slated for July of 2011, but at this rate, they won’t even have the casting completed yet by then.
(h/t to Slashfilm)