A few hours ago I wrote a speculative piece on what may be two of candidates for the coveted tile role in Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger: Captain America in Ryan McPartlin and Chad Michael Murray and now we have a boatload of updates coming in on the movie, providing new details.

In this Captain America news round-up we’ll touch on the main villain of the movie, the casting process, candidates and plans for the main character as well as more details on the style and what we can expect from the movie.

The Main Villain

Today Drew McWeeny at HitFix was able to interview Joe Johnston, director of The First Avenger: Captain America about The Wolfman but managed to throw in a few questions about that big Marvel movie towards the end.

First up, he talked briefly on the main villain, confirming the expected that the Red Skull will be the main villain of the movie.

“Well, we will see the Captain America villain, the main villain, the Red Skull.  But it’s the origin story.  It’s how he became Captain America in World War II.  There are present-day bookends, but it’s really… it’s his origin story.  And we decided you only get one shot at telling an origin story, so you might as well tell it first.”

I’m very curious as to who they’ll cast as Red Skull in the movie.

Captain America Hails From America

For those who were up in arms at the idea of casting a non-American in the role of Captain America, you may breathe a sigh of relief as Joe Johnston confirmed today at the press conference for The Wolfman that they “must” cast an America-born actor for the title role. This issue hit it big upon the surfacing of rumors surrounding Sam Worthington being a candidate for the role (really though, he’s named for every film).

IESB and Collider were present at the press conference today and posted  a summary of the key points that Joe Johnston responded to:

  • Captain America to be cast by March 1st
  • Captain America will be played by an American
  • Film will be shot in HD
  • Film possibly to be converted to 3D after
  • To be shot uniquely, unlike any other Marvel film
  • Visual style of comic book but not literal visual adaptation
  • Sets have been selected in UK
  • Budgetary reasons limited action scene ideas
  • A relative unknown will be cast
  • Supported by name stars (like with Thor movie)

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Captain America Follows Path of Thor in Casting Unknown

Although the actor who will play Steve Rogers has yet to be officially selected, we at least now know the direction that Marvel Studios is going with; Similar to Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, director Joe Johnston will have an unknown actor as the lead, supported by a strong and familiar set of actors, meaning this movie will launch someone’s career as we’re seeing with Chris Hemsworth whose playing Thor.

When asked in the press conference about this, Johnston responded with “No.  We’re looking for a complete unknown.” Next he was asked to clarify about not casting an A-list type star for the role.

“I hope not.  I hope it’ll be somebody we discover and whose never been in…well he’s probably been in something…you won’t know who he is or recognize him.  We’ll surround him with more prominent names.  That’s who we’re looking for.  Will we find him?  I don’t know.  It’s tough.”

He followed up by confirmed what Screen Rant reported last week about the role being cast within the next few weeks by saying they must make their decision by March 1st. I guess that means Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio aren’t being considered for the role.

According to the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, there are 5-6 candidates in the running for the role and they’re all relative unknowns ranging in age from 23-32.

“Well, we’re testing five or six guys,” Johnston said. “The youngest is 23, the oldest is 32. Most of the guys in the war are just kids, 18 or 19, but we want to go a little bit older.”

Expect More Soon

With all of the updates coming out today and the impending onslaught of casting news, check back to Screen Rant frequently for your fix of not just Captain America news, but all of your comic book movie and other film/TV needs.

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011 , The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Sources: IESB, HitFix, Collider, LA Times

Header image edited from cover art by Carlos Pacheco.

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