Will John Krasinski be Captain America?

source: deadline.com

Deadline have revealed a shortlist of actors in contention to take on the lead role in Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America.

The list of actors include Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford, Cloverfield‘s Mike Vogel, Brothers’ Patrick Fleuger, Smallville’s Michael Cassidy and Friday Night Light’s Scott Porter. However, the only name that has raised an eyebrow of interest (and thus, the only one we are going to give any credence to) is everyone’s favourite paper salesman, John Krasinski.

Best known for his role as Jim in the American version of The Office, Krasinski has also developed a (somewhat) respectable film career in recent years, starring in Leatherheads, Away We Go, and most recently, It’s Complicated.

Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) was close to scoring the role, but apparently his people could not put together a deal with Marvel.

The lucky man to take on the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America must agree to an offer of $US300,000 for the first film (and must sign nine options for future films, i.e. sequels, spin-offs). Not much for a tent-pole flick, but the inevitable success of the film will send one of these little known actors into the stratosphere.

Marvel are known for their hard-bargaining, even going so far to drop actors when they do not acquiesce to their salary demands. Little has changed since the Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle debacle it seems. According to Deadline, Johnston briefly walked away from Captain America when Marvel informed him he would have to take a pay cut to keep the budget of the film low. They’ve recently kissed and made up.

These aforementioned actors are being screen-tested by Marvel as we speak. However, as The Hollywood Reporter reminds us, Marvel were unsuccessful finding their Thor through screen tests. They eventually settled on Chris Hemsworth quite late in the game.

Here is the plot synopsis of The First Avenger: Captain America from THR:

“[It] tells the story of the young infirm man rejected from enlisting who becomes America’s symbol of liberty during World War II and eventually a member of Marvel’s superhero team the Avengers.”

The First Avenger: Captain America, is tentatively slated for release in 2012.

Discuss: Who would you cast as Captain America?

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