Channing Tatum Eyes Captain America

The upcoming Avengers film will see four (or more) Marvel superheroes team-up together including Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. The wheels have already started turning to bring these four heroes together, with the latter two still sans an actor to portray them.

Concentrating on The First Avenger: Captain America - a director has already been signed on in the form of Joe Johnston (Jumanji, Jurassic Park III and Hidalgo... ouch...), Narnia writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely nabbed to pen the script, and a release date of July 22nd, 2011 set (pushed back from the original May 6th, 2011 date).

Now, as I said, all we need is an actor to dawn the stars-and-striped suit, and pick up that famous shield. So who could play the Captain? Well, how 'bout G.I. Joe star Channing Tatum?

It was rumored a while ago (one which seems to rear it's head almost like clockwork every so often) that Will Smith was going to play the Marvel hero, but that rumor has officially been debunked. Which is great news for Tatum, as Smith's possible involvement seemed to be the only thing holding him back from pursuing the role:

"I would love to talk about it... When I'd heard that Will Smith was [interested], I'm just like, ‘God, yeah. That's who should play it... It would be a different Captain America than we all know in the comic, but it's perfect."

MTV reminds us that Smith isn't the only rumored actor to portray the Captain - Matthew "Dude!" McConaughey has been repeatedly brought up in fan message boards as a possible candidate, as well as wrestling star John Cena.

Of course this is just one actor displaying some wishful thinking publicly - even though he may very well be looked at by Marvel as a possibility at some point in the future, I just can't see them going with him in the end. Looking at the pictures (one shown below) of Captain America, as well as taking into account the character's attributes and essence, Tatum just doesn't embody him.

It'll be interesting to see if they go with a popular and famous actor like Will Smith or Brad Pitt (with the latter, I'm just throwing in a famous name - I actually think Pitt would be a great choice for the other yet-to-be-cast Avenger known as Thor), or with a no-name like they did with Brandon Routh in Superman Returns. If they did go down the latter route, it may benefit our being able to buy into the actor at hand as the Captain.

So who do you think should play Captain America? Do you think Tatum is a good choice, and will he even get a shot at the role?

The First Avenger: Captain America is out on July 22nd, 2011.

Source: MTV Splash Page

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