Sebastian Stan will be stepping in for Chris Evans in Netflix's The Devil All The Time. Originally a 2011 novel by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All The Time is set in post-World War II America and follows a set of darkly twisted characters, from murderous spouses to a harrowed veteran desperately trying to save his dying wife using blood magic. With a web of gothic narratives, plenty of visceral violence and an overarching feel of small-town claustrophobia, The Devil All The Time proved a hit with readers and a movie adaptation was picked up by Netflix.
Currently set for a 2020 release, Netlifx's The Devil All The Time has attracted a stellar lineup of acting talent, with Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Bill Skarsgard all signing on to the project, which will be directed and co-written by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, The Sinner). Interestingly, Jake Gyllenhaal is on board acting as a producer. Last month, it was also announced that Chris Evans would also be starring in the movie as Lee Bodecker, a corrupt Sheriff.
According to a new report from Deadline however, Evans has now stepped away from the project and been replaced by his fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star, Sebastian Stan. The report cites scheduling conflicts for Evans' departure, with the Captain America actor currently involved in Infinite, a Paramount sci-fi flick, Rian Johnson's Knives Out and the Apple series Defending Jacob.
This casting change is particularly notable because of both actors' involvement in the MCU franchise. Both men debuted in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, with Evans playing the titular hero and Stan his ill-fated best friend, Bucky Barnes. However, the Marvel comic books eventually see Bucky take over the Captain America mantle from Steve Rogers and many fans have speculated that the same could happen on the big screen. As such, it's interesting to see Stan step in for Evans here, albeit not quite in the way superhero fans anticipated.
While not confirmed, it's very much possible that Evans himself suggested Stan as a possible replacement when deciding to quit The Devil All The Time. The two actors have worked together on four Marvel movies (five counting the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame) and likely know each other well enough to recommend projects that might suit their style of acting. Stan may not be quite as big of a name as the outgoing Evans, but his casting ensures that The Devil All The Time still boasts a star-studded bill.
The Devil All The Time is due for release in 2020 on Netflix.