Dane Cook and More Audition for Captain America Role; Is John Krasinski the Favorite?
Posted 03.10.10 by Ryan
With Marvel already past their initial March 1 deadline to find the lead in their upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America, conflicting reports have come out depicting who will eventually land the role.
While several contenders were announced last month, including John Krasinki (NBC's The Office), Scott Porter (Dear John), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Patrick Flueger (Brothers), Michael Cassidy (CW's Privileged), Wilson Bethel (CBS' The Young and the Restless), Chace Crawford (CW's Gossip Girl), and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).
Fox News reported yesterday that Krasinski is the front runner of the pack, with sources telling the news organization that Krasinski is "close" to landing the role.
John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests. He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key
decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week. The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads. They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else.
Not so, according to Deadline Hollywood, which reports that Krasinski and most of the other contenders are out as more actors are being considered. According to the Deadline report, only Hedlund and Vogel remain from the original list, while the others are out of serious contention, including Krasinski (Cassidy already announced he had lost out on the role). Chris Evans, who has already taken part in a few comic book movies with Fantastic Four, Push, and the upcoming The Losers, is also being considered for the role.
One name that neither report has mentioned is Dane Cook, who used his Twitter page to announce that he too had auditioned for the role.
Im minus 7% body fat now, bones replaced w/lightweight scandium alloy! Had 2 get shredded 4 Captain America audition & standup tour.
While getting "shredded" just to do a stand-up comedy tour is a surprise in and of itself, Cook's inclusion in the Captain America audition process was a shock to comic book fans, one of which asked Cook to confirm his own Tweet.
@Marvel_Freshman r u really auditioning 4 Captain America?
Dc: I did already. They might b goin young. I say go RDJr [Robert Downey Jr.] route-gimme the part!
Whichever actor eventually get the coveted role, it looks like Marvel and director Joe Johnston are going to take their time in making a final casting decision.