John Krasinski Is (Not) Captain America? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:10 am,

[Update: So John Krasinki isn't Captain America but Chris Evans is now in the running!]

Wow, it seems like everybody is getting in on this Captain America casting news – never have I seen hype this big for a super hero role!

The latest word – after weeks of Captain America casting rumors – is that John Krasinski  is Marvel Studios’ favorite prospective Cap and that the role is “His to lose.”

So is Jim from The Office really going to end up starring in The First Avenger: Captain America?

This latest Captain America casting rumor isn’t even coming from the usual culprits on the blogosphere (Screen Rant) but rather from Fox News, of all places.

FOX 411, the entertainment blog, claims to have an insider close to these Captain America casting proceedings and that source is the one claiming that Krasinski is about to land this massive role:

“John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests…He has screen tested 2 times so far.  It’s very likely that he will be the new Captain America.  He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week.”

“It’s a surprise and we are bracing ourselves for ‘that guy from ‘The Office” to land Captain America.  They are not really looking at the other guys, so it’s time to get ready to work with him.”

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For the rest of the exclusive quotes about Krasinski’s standing with Marvel, you’ll have to check out FOX 411.

First of all, shout out to our friends over at Cinematical for calling Krasinski as Cap almost a month ago. Secondly, I like Krasinski a lot, love him on The Office and he showed strong chops in Sam Mendes’ Away We Go last year. He certainly isn’t my first choice for Cap, but then, Chris Hemsworth as Thor wasn’t really on my radar either until it was announced. By now, the idea of Hemsworth playing the God of Thunder has settled in quite nicely.

avengers thor captain america iron man John Krasinski Is (Not) Captain America? [Updated]Hemsworth, Krasinski(?) and Robert Downey Jr. as The Avengers?

Hemsworth and Krasinski onscreen together as Cap and Thor would be a good look for sure, leaving poor Robert Downey Jr. to play the elder Iron Man to these young whipper-snappers.

[Update: Mike Fleming at Deadline has the exclusive that Krasinki and a few other candidates are out of the running and that it's now down to Mike Vogel, Garrett Hedlund and ... Chris Evans.]

On a positive note: having dealt with fanatical white-collar fans thanks to his role on The Office, Krasinski is probably used to appeasing nerds. He’ll be a shoe-in at Comic Con.

We’re going to keep this space open, as I suspect this Captain America casting saga is about to come to a swift close – so CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!!!!

The First Avenger: Captain America is expected to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.

Source: FOX411

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  1. Oh no.

    No. No. No. No. No. No.

    Nooooooooo!

    Crap. I hope this isn't true.

  2. horrible horrible and some more horribe

  3. horrible horrible and some more horribe

  4. horrible horrible and some more horribe

  5. horrible horrible and some more horribe

  6. I don't know what to think about this. I don't think he is a bad actor, but I I'm having trouble seeing him as the symbol of honor and patriotism that Cap is supposed to be. His features are just too rounded and a little goofy. I hope I'm wrong and that he can be believable as the leader of the Avengers, giving orders to Robert Downey Jr. and (I hope) Edward Norton.

  7. I don't know what to think about this. I don't think he is a bad actor, but I I'm having trouble seeing him as the symbol of honor and patriotism that Cap is supposed to be. His features are just too rounded and a little goofy. I hope I'm wrong and that he can be believable as the leader of the Avengers, giving orders to Robert Downey Jr. and (I hope) Edward Norton.

  8. I don't know what to think about this. I don't think he is a bad actor, but I I'm having trouble seeing him as the symbol of honor and patriotism that Cap is supposed to be. His features are just too rounded and a little goofy. I hope I'm wrong and that he can be believable as the leader of the Avengers, giving orders to Robert Downey Jr. and (I hope) Edward Norton.

  9. I don't see why everyone is getting mad about John most likely playing Captain America? No one saw Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man when he was first cast, but look at the franchise now: Spidey fans can't see anyone but Tobey being Peter Parker. John's nose seems to be the joke for comic book fans and a lot of people don't think he can hold such an iconic character. A lot of fans said they'll lose faith in the movie if he's Cpt America, but MARVEL apparently knows a lot more than us.

  10. I don't see why everyone is getting mad about John most likely playing Captain America? No one saw Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man when he was first cast, but look at the franchise now: Spidey fans can't see anyone but Tobey being Peter Parker. John's nose seems to be the joke for comic book fans and a lot of people don't think he can hold such an iconic character. A lot of fans said they'll lose faith in the movie if he's Cpt America, but MARVEL apparently knows a lot more than us.

  11. I don't see why everyone is getting mad about John most likely playing Captain America? No one saw Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man when he was first cast, but look at the franchise now: Spidey fans can't see anyone but Tobey being Peter Parker. John's nose seems to be the joke for comic book fans and a lot of people don't think he can hold such an iconic character. A lot of fans said they'll lose faith in the movie if he's Cpt America, but MARVEL apparently knows a lot more than us.

  12. you know 10 min ago I was excited to see the avengers in a few years… now I'm scared to death that they are going to ruin it… THIS NEWS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. you know 10 min ago I was excited to see the avengers in a few years… now I'm scared to death that they are going to ruin it… THIS NEWS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. you know 10 min ago I was excited to see the avengers in a few years… now I'm scared to death that they are going to ruin it… THIS NEWS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. you know 10 min ago I was excited to see the avengers in a few years… now I'm scared to death that they are going to ruin it… THIS NEWS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. you know 10 min ago I was excited to see the avengers in a few years… now I'm scared to death that they are going to ruin it… THIS NEWS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. First and foremost, John Krasinski is an actor, and a damn fine one at that. This news may seem a little odd upfront, but the more I think about it the more I can see Krasinski in the role. Much like with Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker, we have to remember that no matter how unusual the casting choices may be at first, that these are actors; I give actors who have a history of decent performances the benefit of the doubt.

    Krasinski may not immediately come off as a bad-ass superhero type like Sam Worthington. But if the studio is pleased with Krasinski's approach, all we can hope for as fans is that the story is good and everything comes together nicely to give us one hell of a movie.

  18. First and foremost, John Krasinski is an actor, and a damn fine one at that. This news may seem a little odd upfront, but the more I think about it the more I can see Krasinski in the role. Much like with Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker, we have to remember that no matter how unusual the casting choices may be at first, that these are actors; I give actors who have a history of decent performances the benefit of the doubt.

    Krasinski may not immediately come off as a bad-ass superhero type like Sam Worthington. But if the studio is pleased with Krasinski's approach, all we can hope for as fans is that the story is good and everything comes together nicely to give us one hell of a movie.

  19. Whaaaaa?
    No way. He could play Bucky, but Cap? REALLY?

  20. Whaaaaa?
    No way. He could play Bucky, but Cap? REALLY?

  21. I couldn't agree with you more. Nicely put.

  22. I couldn't agree with you more. Nicely put.

  23. I couldn't agree with you more. Nicely put.

  24. I'll agree with the lack of confidence in John's well… confidence. Cap has to ooze confidence almost bordering on arrogance… John just seems too nice to be the leader that Cap should be… imo =)

  25. I'll agree with the lack of confidence in John's well… confidence. Cap has to ooze confidence almost bordering on arrogance… John just seems too nice to be the leader that Cap should be… imo =)

  26. I'll agree with the lack of confidence in John's well… confidence. Cap has to ooze confidence almost bordering on arrogance… John just seems too nice to be the leader that Cap should be… imo =)

  27. Sweet…Steve Carrell as the Red Skull too!

  28. Sweet…Steve Carrell as the Red Skull too!

  29. Sweet…Steve Carrell as the Red Skull too!

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