Captain America Finally Cast! (Well… Maybe Not)

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:28 pm,

captain america cast Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Captain America.

Never has a film had such a torturous rumor and potential candidate-filled path when it comes to casting announcements regarding the lead character. The number of names associated with this movie is truly staggering – and what makes it worse is that few of them have been true (that we know of). Let’s just take a quick look back at all the names that have been rumored at one point or another to don the blue and red tights and sport the iconic America flag-inspired shield:

Sam Worthington, Will Smith, Chad Michael Murray, Ryan McPartlin, Chris Pine, Robert Buckley, Chace Crawford, John Krasinski, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, Patrick Flueger, Michael Cassidy, Garrett Hedlund, Neal Bledsoe, Channing Tatum and Ryan Phillipe.

Back in the beginning of February, director Joe Johnston said in an interview that they “had a very short list and the character would be cast very soon. We have a March 1st deadline.” As that deadline neared, I called Marvel Studios to see if Robert Buckley had actually won the role of Captain America. To my amazement, Marvel said that not only was Buckley NOT in the running (as did sources close to Buckley with whom I spoke), but they also said there was no such thing as a “March 1st” deadline.

I suppose that will teach all of the blogosphere not pay any heed to a director who’s throwing out information in an unrelated press interview.

milo ventimiglia Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Well the wait is finally over folks because today I have it on good authority that we now have our precious Steve Rodgers a.k.a. Captain America – none other than Milo Ventimiglia! It’s a good choice really because Milo is already used to playing a guy without super powers that gets super powers then loses them only to gain them back – it’s pretty much his role in the once smash hit TV show Heroes. Milo was unavailable for comment because he was out bulking up for the role.

adrian pasdar Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

OK, I just received another piece of insider information that says Milo is now out and that the role has passed on to Milo’s TV hero brother, Adrian Pasdar. Word has it that Pasdar will step into the vinyl boots and wow audiences next year as Captain America. I have to say, I like this idea because Pasdar has the chiseled chin for the job.  Hopefully we’ll soon see some screen test shots of him in the suit and shield to drool over.

channing tatum Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Wait a minute, as I type this ANOTHER announcement has been made regarding the casting of good ol’ Cap – Channing Tatum! No seriously, First Showing just tweeted it moments ago that, “It’ll come down to Marvel making an offer, and Tatum either accepting it or rejecting it.” Oops, that may have been an old update. Put down the pitch forks folks, Tatum is just a rumor but the following information isn’t.

jeff bridges Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Johnson originally said he wanted to go with a younger unknown American-born actor to play Captain America but now it looks like all that was just to throw us comic book hounds off the scent. It looks like “The Dude”, the video game mogul Kevin Flynn, Crazy Heart’s own Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges is now set to play Captain America. Wow, that came out of nowhere but I have to say I LOVE the casting choice. If I was a young military soldier or marine, I would definitely follow Jeff Bridges into battle!

beau bridges Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

So we are now hearing that Bridges isn’t going to work out because of scheduling conflicts with his work on The Men Who Stare at Goats 2. Not to worry though, because Marvel and Johnson have already secured the services of Jeff’s older brother Beau Bridges, who honestly could use the work ever since Stargate SG-1 ended. Beau is a solid choice but I’m sure there will have to be some digital editing done to get him in the suit, and a stunt double used to perform all of the action shots. Beau will pretty much only be doing voice-over and face shots.

mos def Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Well that didn’t take long! Changing gears completely, Johnson and company appear to be lost for casting options and have asked rapper-turned-actor Mos Def to step into the role and are now just hoping for the best.

cory feldman Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

Now this is just getting sad: Mos Def has refused to play the part due to creative differences with the studio but suggested Marvel call his friend Cory Feldman to fill the suit. That’s right, looks like the last half of the “Corys” will ditch being a Frog brother and stop fighting vampires but will instead lock horns with Hugo Weaving, who is playing the Red Skull.

By now you’ve probably realized that this piece is completely tongue-in-cheek but the sad thing is, the rapid fire succession of the “rumor” announcements regarding the casting of Captain America has been just like this article – ridiculous! Whether this is being done intentionally by the studio, actors’ agents just trying to get their clients’ names out there or movie sites trying to drum up traffic by throwing out names – I fear that ultimately this procrastination on picking and releasing a final name to the public is going to hurt the film in the long run.

Most fans (and websites and news outlets) are tired of hearing about the latest name to be dropped in the casting hat and will very soon become apathetic to the whole ordeal. When the name of the actor does eventually become public, I think Marvel and the PR guys will be very disappointed at the “thud” with which it arrives in the blogosphere.

What are your feelings on the ongoing drama that has become the casting process of Captain America? Do you like any of my “casting choices” or do you have some other ridiculous names to toss into the ring?

Wait a minute, a new short list has just been released – Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Moll, Arsenio Hall, Jaden Smith and Betty White; wait what the…OK this is just pathetic!

betty white captain america Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

And here is my official choice to play Captain America, Screen Rant’s own Vic Holtreman. Marvel, you can contact me directly about setting up a test screening.

vic america Captain America Finally Cast! (Well... Maybe Not)

The First Avenger: Captain America is supposed to hit theaters July 22, 2011 but we shall see.

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*Special thanks goes to fellow Screen Rant writer Anthony Ocasio for the last two pictures.

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  1. I'm afraid to ask, but what did they NOT say? Or, perhaps worded differently, what did they not say about what?

  2. No offense taken bud (you sorry sonofa…) I mean… :)

    No you are right, websites in general are so eager to get the information out there ASAP that we sometimes skip that all important “verification” step. Problem is, a lot of these names can't be verified. Some of the names thrown out are ARE from legitimate “breaking” news sites (EW, MTV, Yahoo, ect.) so running with them is usually an OK thing to do. However, there are movie “blog” and/or movie sites (LR, CHUD, IESB, ect) that are known to have inside information regarding casting and such handed to them that have been, for the most part, absolutely correct. So running with their news is also OK, because it usually proves to be true about 90% of the time.

    If you'll notice, I didn't single anyone out as a main culprit of bad news info. This piece was totally poking fun at the entire process of casting a main, high profile character. If anything, I blame Marvel and company for controlling the flow of information better.

  3. LOL! Don't be hatin' on Betty. If I ever meet her, you can be darn sure I'm gonna give her my room number and extra key :)

  4. I'll be glad to “give it a ret” just as soon as you explain what a “ret” is.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  5. Like you said, it hard not to be apathetic at this point….but, after that Snickers commercial, Betty White is on a roll!

  6. HEH, thanks John. Glad you have a good laugh. I certainly did.

  7. I read for the part, but I'm fat.

  8. I thought Canada was part of the US.

    (Kahless runs out of the room extremely fast)

    :-)

  9. If Tatum were cast, then I would skip out on the film.

  10. this article scared the crap out of me at very first, but when it went to the first “OH WAIT, IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE *insert name here*” I figured it out. But crap dude, DON'T FREAK ME OUT LIKE THAT! >8(

    I think for the sake of this movie, maybe it should be pushed back to May or so of 2012. It would still come out a couple of months before the avengers movie and I think Johnston really needs time to get his stuff together. And also, I'm pretty certain that the actor would have to use steroids to get up to Cap's level of physique by this summre(when they reportedly are supposed to start filming) and I'd rather the actor take the natural way(like Jackman and Bale did) because that would only taint this movie even more.

  11. this article scared the crap out of me at very first, but when it went to the first “OH WAIT, IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE *insert name here*” I figured it out. But crap dude, DON'T FREAK ME OUT LIKE THAT! >8(

    I think for the sake of this movie, maybe it should be pushed back to May or so of 2012. It would still come out a couple of months before the avengers movie and I think Johnston really needs time to get his stuff together. And also, I'm pretty certain that the actor would have to use steroids to get up to Cap's level of physique by this summre(when they reportedly are supposed to start filming) and I'd rather the actor take the natural way(like Jackman and Bale did) because that would only taint this movie even more.

  12. Too bad that guy from the Old Spice commercials is not famous enough because he'd be absolutely perfect. I'm on a horse!

  13. Man my boss walked in as I just started scrolling down the page. “What are you doing looking at pictures of bare chested men”?

    Much to my embarrasment, but as I quickly scrolled further down to Betty White & Vic, he kind of saw the funny side of it. “Phew”!

    I then explained to him that I on ocassion get e-mails from Screenrant concerning Superhero films. At least I'm still doing my work and not going to inappropriate sites.

  14. How about this guy Armie Hammer? Looks the part, sounds the part, is experienced but mostly unknown. And come on, could the name be any better?

  15. Great name. Great pick. Makes you wonder why he isn't being considered by the studio.

  16. do a captain america check list and see if this guy matches it
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2227414/

  17. Actually they just announced they're either casting Hugh Jackman, except instead of the blue tights, he'll be wearing spikey hair, leather jacket, and metal blades on his knuckles, or they're going with Megan Fox…………..WHAT!?!? But seriously, why are they considering all these kids for the role. I've always pictured Cap as older, wiser, more mature. Has anyone considered Mark Valley, from the current show “Human Target”? He's a good actor, good personality, humor, and has the most perfect look.

  18. I meant REST…the comment wasn't aimed at you in particular, Paul…just the fact that this role has become something of a “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” issue. I thouroghly enjoy your writing, but it seems like just about every site I go to involving movies is totally obsessed with the issue of who will be cast in the most important role since…welll…like EVERRRRRRRRR! The crux of my comment was-
    Its their deal, and no amount of conjecture and / or advice (accurate or not) will keep them from more than likely choosing someone that the majority will be unsatisfied with…Now, I'm gonna give it a ret..;)

  19. I meant REST…the comment wasn't aimed at you in particular, Paul…just the fact that this role has become something of a “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” issue. I thouroghly enjoy your writing, but it seems like just about every site I go to involving movies is totally obsessed with the issue of who will be cast in the most important role since…welll…like EVERRRRRRRRR! The crux of my comment was-
    Its their deal, and no amount of conjecture and / or advice (accurate or not) will keep them from more than likely choosing someone that the majority will be unsatisfied with…Now, I'm gonna give it a ret..;)

  20. Ok so now that the casting for the “good captain” is a done deal. I leave everyone with this question. “the tourch,” really are actors in such short supply in hollywood?

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