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Update: Took Friggin' Long Enough

By TK Burton | Industry | March 22, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | March 22, 2010 |

Update It has been officially confirmed. According to THR, Chris Evans has been cast as Captain America.

Part of me is just grateful that this ridiculous saga may be coming to a close. It’s kind of odd that all of the casting for all of the other Avengers-related films seemed rather simple. RDJ was a slam-dunk for Iron Man, Nick Fury was almost literally destined to be played by Samuel L. Jackson, nobody complained about Edward Norton playing Bruce Banner, and while there was a bit of a casting rigmarole with Thor, it was resolved relatively quickly as Chris Hemsworth was eventually cast.

Captain America, however, has been a circus. Well, it appears that things might be winding down. At the end of last week, it was reported that Marvel Entertainment and director Joe Johnston had narrowed it down to three choices: Chris Evans, Charming Potato Channing Tatum, and Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl,” “Kings”). Now the folks over at Heat Vision are reporting that Evans has officially been offered the role, and it’s his for the taking, despite never actually screen testing for it.

The deal would include up to three Captain America movies, plus The Avengers movies, as well as roles in other Marvel universe films. It would make him a mega-star, and ear him absolutely disgusting money and the chance to be a part of what could potentially be one of the all-time great movie franchises.Obviously, Evans would be an idiot to turn it down. And honestly, I like the guy. I think he’s a fun, charismatic, good-looking actor. I’m not sold on him being Cap, but then again comic book casting is always filled with unexpected successes, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I think he’s a fine actor, and while I’ve never seen him in a serious role, he’s got all the material for an action star. If he can show some maturity and nobility, he may well nail it.

Anyway, no word as of yet on whether or not he’s accepted — potential stumbling blocks include that he’s scheduled to shoot the romantic comedy What’s Your Number? at the same time that Johnston intends to shoot The First Avenger: Captain America.

Honestly, I’m just relieved it didn’t get offered to Potato.

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