It's been one of the most talked-about castings for a superhero since Christian Bale slipped into a batsuit, but it now looks like Marvel Studios has finally decided on a shortlist of candidates for playing Captain America!
Oh, and apparently director Joe Johnston and Marvel have had a major falling out over budget disputes!
Deadline has a list of actors who Marvel would like to see dress up in the stars and stripes to play Captain America, and while the actors aren't exactly household names, there are a few familiar faces in the lineup. The news comes as a surprise considering recent casting news,which can now been labeled as incorrect!
Drum roll please...
1. Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl)
2. John Krasinski (The Office)
3. Scott Porter ( Friday Night Lights)
4. Mike Vogel (Cloverfield)
5. Patrick Flueger (Brothers)
6. Michael Cassidy ( Privileged)
7. Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy)
According to Deadline, all of the above have tested for the role, except Tron Legacy star Hedlund.
What is interesting to note is that Deadline states that the going rate of the Captain America lead role is a paltry $300, 000, for actors who aren't that well known - meaning that Crawford and Krasinski would be able to take home a bit more dough (my guess is about $500,000). When you compare that to the $17 million that Tobey Maguire got for Spider-Man 3 it looks like peanuts!
The actor who takes the role also has to sign up for a massive nine-picture deal! However, this contract is now standard for all Marvel actors, as they plan to have multiple cinematic cross-overs with The Avengers and other Marvel franchise characters (like Iron Man).
With regards to Marvel and Johnston "parting ways"- they came to blows (not literally) over budget disputes. Apparently the studio said that the budget for the film had become too high, and in order to accommodate the overruns Johnston would have to take a reduced paycheck - when the director refused, he walked from the movie!
Don't worry though, the studio and director eventually came to an agreement and Johnston is now back on the picture (gotcha!).
So guys, what are your thoughts on Marvel Studios' Captain America choices?