Captain America is American, Red Skull is Main Villain & More!

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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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  1. Definitely agreed on the huge difference in character, but he seems to be a good enough actor that that's not an issue. Really though, that's as good an argument for anyone. As long as whomever they choose is a good enough actor, I'm happy :)

  2. True that, man. It's his persona that really has the problem. As far as the Red Skulls transformation, I can imagine Johnston deviating from the comics a bit.

  3. I hope you are right, but the problem is that it was what Johnston said himself in the LA Times interview: “So he´s up on stage doing songs and dances with the chorus girls and he can´t wait to get out and really fight.”
    So I suppose we have to wait how this all turns finally out. But one thing is sure if the Cap movie is in trouble then the Avengers have a problem, too.

  4. It would make sense for Steve Rogers/Cap to be a little older. The standard origin story says that he is an artist so he would have had at least a couple years to establish himself in a job like that. Then the USA enters WWII and he wants to enlist but gets the 4F rating. It would also make sense to get an unknown because that would parallel the character. He's an anonymous guy who's selected to become a hero, so what he was before that point is kind of irrelevant. He becomes a symbol, much like the unknown actor being selected to become a symbol.
    I really hope they come up with clever way of presenting the Red Skull. It can't look cheesy or too much like a mask. I'd say do almost like a Phantom of the Opera look.

  5. Kantstandya

    what cable company do u have? I'm trying to find Disney HD but not having any luck. I use comcast so the numbers must be different.

  6. JRose23, that's a fair question, and “book ends” don't necessarily equal sloppy writing. Sometimes, the bookends can be used as a quick fix for a story that is incomplete. Instead of rewriting the body of the story, you slap on a prologue or an epilogue or both. These fit in the information, but they don't necessarily contribute to the true story. In some cases, they can even harm the quality of the overall story.

    If you want examples of this within film, then look at “Spanglish.” It's pretty obvious the the bookends to that film were slapped on there, because people just didn't get what that film was supposed to be about. I'd also argue they really don't fit with a lot of the overall film either, they actually hurt the quality of the final product.

    “Saving Private Ryan” also uses this technique. I think it does it in a more effective manner, although, I don't think it was necessary for the overall quality of the film.

    The scenario you paint for “Captain America” has potential, but I think Cap has to be awake in both parts of the bookends in order for it to work. They might have something else in mind, but we'll see. As I said, it doesn't necessarily mean the writing here will be sloppy. They just have to make sure these bookends contribute to the film's story… not merely provide a lead-in for the Avengers, not if this film is going to stand on its own and win over non-comic book fans. There is soooo much potential for Captain America in film, especially in today's society, and I truly hope they don't ignore that. It doesn't sound like they will neglect that element, so I'm optimistic in that regard.

  7. @a1d2h-As to the SR members picking everything apart, it's what they did before I joined, and will do long after I become worm buffet; this is because Vic encourages active (yet decidedly civilized/non-profane) discussions of film here. If he wanted a Stepford Website, with a bunch of fawning yes-men, he'd have kicked out anybody that disagreed with him or cast aspersions upon his ego.

    There are, I'm sure, those who've managed to disagree with him and still keep it friendly…and they're still here, I'll bet…of course, if you (profanely or not) say that an SR member strongly resembles the southbound end of a northbound mule, Vic MIGHT take issue with that.

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