Joe Johnston’s Captain America will begin filming this year as Marvel brings another one of it’s Avengers to the big screen. With Hulk and Iron Man already established, the studio – recently purchased by Disney – has plans to unite the former with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and Johnston’s Captain America in a 2012 mega-blockbuster, The Avengers, building on the momentum generated by the individual characters’ films. With all the other key components in place the search is now on for the man to play Steve Rogers, a man enhanced to the peak of human perfection through a Super-Soldier serum and becomes the titular All-American hero.
Will Smith had been linked many times with the role in the past but that now seems unlikely as news leaks about the stars who will screen test for the part. Many appear to be names better known from the small screen; Smallville’s Michael Cassidy, The 4400’s Patrick Flueger, Friday Night Lights’ Scott Porter and Generation Kill’s Wilson Blethel. The most recognisable among those known to be on the list is John Krasinski; the 30-year old is still best known for his role in US version of the office but is starting to establish himself on the big screen with appearances in It’s Complicated and Away We Go raising his profile in the last year. Mike Vogel was also on the list with rumours also circulating that Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford may be in talks to screen test.