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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