In a recent interview with Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel, it was revealed that Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Observe and Report) would be playing the role of Steve Rogers, the Army reject who is turned into the "Star-Spangled Avenger" through the ingestion of a "Super Soldier Serum," in the upcoming live-action First Avenger: Captain America film.
This is not the first time that Rogen's name has popped up in association with a superhero genre film. His name has been attached to the live-action Green Hornet project for years now, with production set to begin in June of this year.
Seth Rogen is today's 'everyman,' someone that we can all relate to. He has a strength of character only hinted at in his previous roles.
Maisel explained that Rogen had been chosen to play the character of Steve Rogers before he becomes Captain America and that it had not yet been decided whether an altogether different actor would be playing the post-powered Steve Rogers or whether CGI techniques, such as those used on Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, would be used to "beef up" the portly actor.
Sony and Marvel Studios are coming on strong in 2011, with three superhero genre films slated for release. Last month, it was announced that Spider-Man 4 would be released on May 6th, with Thor following shortly thereafter on June 17th, and First Avenger: Captain America debuting July 22nd. These release dates resulted in the pushing back of The Avengers July 15, 2011, opening to May 4, 2012.
Happy April Fool's Day! Posted 04.01.09 by BrentJS
Marvel has announced some new release dates for several of its movies, pushing The Avengers off for another year, while anchoring the summer of 2011 with three different movies.
The first of the three, Spider-Man 4, was announced to open on May 6, 2011. Thor, which was to follow a summer after Iron Man 2 in 2010, will now follow Spider-Man 4 and open June 17, 2011, with First Avenger: Captain America set for release on July 22, 2011. The Avengers will now follow the next summer, opening May 4, 2012 instead of its previous summer 2011 release date.
2011 now features a Marvel-dominated summer, with many studios yet to announce release dates for that period. No word if a similar release date announcement from Warner Bros., in which Warner pitted its own high-profile movies against Marvel's, had any impact on the decision.
No change was made to Iron Man 2's release date of May 7, 2010. Posted 03.12.09 by Ryan
The man who personifies Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., is back with a vengeance.
Talk about hitting the acting jackpot! The Hollywood Reporter has scooped the story that the actor, who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role, has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.
The movies include Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and at least one sequel each, PLUS the possibility of fast-tracking a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie -- which is said to already be in development. Posted 02.26.09 by reelz
ERCBoxOffice reports that Warner Bros. has announced official release dates for several movies, including the DC Comic adaptation of Green Lantern, which just recently nabbed director Martin Campbell, and will arrive December 17, 2010, months after First Avenger: Captain America and Thor have hit theaters. So instead of competing with Marvel's comic book movies of the summer, Green Lantern will attempt to capitalize on the success or failures of Marvel's Avengers movies.
Not that Warner Bros. isn't trying to compete with Marvel's Avengers movies, just not with Green Lantern. Instead, Christopher Nolan's Inception will go head-to-head with Thor on July 16, 2010, with Josh Brolin as DC's gun-for-hire Jonah Hex following less than a month later on August 6. The Avengers will also get some competition from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II when they both open on July 15, 2011.
With Green Lantern set as Warner's December blockbuster or 2010, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is set for this year, bumped to December 25 rather than the original release date of November 13.
Other notable movies include The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans which will fight for box office dominance on March 26, 2010, while Zack Snyder's Watchmen follow-up, Sucker Punch, an action movie with an "all-girl" cast that Snyder describes as "crazier than anything" he's ever done, opens with a "definite" R rating on October 8, 2010. Posted 02.25.09 by Ryan
Kirsten Dunst's return may be uncertain, but J.K. Simmons, the man behind J. Jonah Jameson's infamous mustache will be back for Spider-Man 4.
Simmons seems pretty content with the size of the Bugle Chief role: "We've definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies," he told MTV, "The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting."
Spider-Man 4 is set to start filming in 2010, with a May 2011 release date, the same month that First Avenger: Captain America hits theaters (May 6), and before the July release of The Avengers. Posted 01.19.09 by Ryan
With a cameo at the end of Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson spread joy across the fanboy universe by appearing as Nick Fury, a character designed in his likelihood in the Ultimate line of Marvel comic books. Now, it appears that Jackson likely won't reprise his role as Nick Fury.
"There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don't know. Maybe I won't be Nick Fury," Jackson told the LA Times, "There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], 'We're not making that deal.'"
Jackson, as Fury, could potentially appear in 3 of the upcoming Marvel movies: Iron Man 2, First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. According to Jackson, he would have at least appeared in Iron Man 2. "I saw [Iron Man 2 director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, 'I hope things are working out for you because we're writing stuff for you.' Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren't really working that well."
While Marvel will only offer that they are in "active negotiations," but Jackson is not sold. "Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it."
But who else could play a role fashioned after Jackson himself? Maybe it's time to call David Hasselhoff, who already played Fury in a 1998 TV movie written by Unborn director and Batman writer David S. Goyer. Posted 01.14.09 by Ryan
On the heels of the news that Joe Johnston will direct the film version of First Avenger: Captain America, now Variety reports that the writing duties will go to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of both Chronicles of Narnia films. Before fanboys start worrying that Steve Rogers and Bucky will be jumping out of a wardrobe to keep a Red Skull from bringing an eternal winter to the Allied powers, remember the screenwriting pair also won Emmys for their Life and Death of Peter Sellers script. So, clearly, the costumed heroes will instead jump out of a wardrobe to find the thief of a valuable pink diamond.
So far there's no casting news for the movie, scheduled for release on May 6, 2011, with Avengers Movie scheduled to follow two months later on July 15. However there is a heated debate on who should be cast. (Click on User Comments tab). Posted 11.21.08 by Ryan
Joe Johnston, the man behind blockbusters Jumanji, Jurassic Park III and the forthcoming Wolf Man, has signed on to direct First Avenger: Captain America. The release date is slated for 2011.
Along with the already released Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, Captain America will be part of a series of Marvel releases including Iron Man 2 and Thor leading up to the highly anticipated Avengers movie in 2011.
No word yet on casting for Cap, but personally, we're hoping the Matthew McConaughey rumors are false. Hard to imagine a shirtless Captain America...
Source: Reuters Posted 11.12.08 by reelz
In a testament to the state of modern journalism, MTV's Splash Page is reporting what may very well be the biggest movie news in months -- or merely an unsubstantiated rumor. Addressing the state of the film industry during an interview to promote his new movie Miracle at St. Anna, star Derek Luke remarked offhandedly, "I heard they offered Will Smith Captain America.” Cue the discussion board floodgates.
If true, the bombshell does present a bold and potentially brilliant casting coup, and seeing the country's biggest action star play its definitive patriotic superhero would certainly be an enticing proposition. But is the I Am Legend star really down for the Captain America gig? After seeing colleagues Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale draw raves for playing comic book characters, he may very well want in on the fanboy action. Then again, he could still be smarting from all the negative reviews his recent dysfunctional superhero flick, Hancock, received from critics.
We'll be sure to update you as this one unfolds.
UPDATE: According to AICN, the rumor is bogus. Thanks a lot, Derek! Posted 09.08.08 by reelz
A decade ago, a headline like the one above would have elicited a hearty laugh. But with more "serious actor" types like Christian Bale, Edward Norton and Robert Downey Jr. gravitating toward big-budget comic book flicks, the prospect of Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio donning the red, white and blue tights as the patriotic superhero Captain America is no longer so absurd.
According to LatinoReview.com, Marvel Studios has yet to approach Leo for the role; they've simply placed him atop their wish list. Still, the mere possibility is more than enough to inspire furious debate on fanboy discussion boards everywhere. Personally, I think Leo's voice is a bit too whiny for Steve Rogers/Captain America. Plus, his oversized noggin might prove a tad distracting while in costume, dwarfing Cap's iconic shield. Disagree? Discuss.
Source: LatinoReview via JoBlo.com Posted 06.13.08 by reelz