Chris Evans has been tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since he stepped into the star-spangled suit of Captain America in The First Avenger six years ago, but recent rumours suggest that the WWII super-veteran won’t live past the events of The Avengers 4, the untitled sequel to Infinity War. Evans is unlikely to confirm or deny the rumours, with any elaboration likely to fall firmly into spoiler-territory. Instead, the 35-year old actor is quietly going about business as usual. He’ll be the chief protagonist in Jekyll, a spinoff from the gothic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which Dr. Jekyll’s only living descendent discovers his own dark side.
On top of all that and recently finishing his work on Infinity War, Chris Evans has been cast in the spy drama Red Sea Diving Resort which is due to be helmed by Israeli director Gideon Raff.
THR reports Red Sea Diving Resort is the true-life story of a Mossad rescue mission, in which the Israeli spy agency attempt to rescue Ethiopian Jews trapped in the Sudan in the late 1970s and 1980s. Evans is playing Ari Kidron, the agent responsible for assembling a team to accomplish this multi-year mission. The title refers to an abandoned resort in Sudan which the team occupy during the operation. According to Variety, Haley Bennett is in talks to star opposite Evans in an unconfirmed role.
The events of the mission were detailed in the Hebrew book ‘Mossad Exodus. The Daring Undercover Rescue of the Lost Jewish Tribe’ by Gad Shimron, a surviving member of the team that oversaw the operation. This first-hand account details how the agents ran a partying vacation spot at the abandoned resort for wealthy tourists by day, while rescuing desperate refugees by night. The Mossad Exodus was eventually aided by the White House and the CIA, who sheltered the Mossad operatives while they were on the run from Libyan secret service agents, sneaking them out of the country in boxes labelled “Diplomatic Mail”.
Neither Evans nor Bennett are strangers to action and intrigue, with Bennett coming out of a busy year in which she played leading roles in The Girl On A Train, and the ensemble Western The Magnificent Seven, while also rumored to be playing Catwoman in Gotham City Sirens. Evans hasn’t appeared in a non-Avengers movie since 2014’s Playing It Cool which saw him dip back into his rom-com roots. His most recent billings have seen a shift towards more serious projects, with the heavy-hitting drama of Red Sea Diving Resort hinting at the future of his career beyond the red white and blue spandex.