Chris Evans offered role of Marvel’s Captain America

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Chris Evans is one step closer to the role of Captain America.

Sources said the actor, who donned superhero garb in two “Fantastic Four” movies, has been offered the role in the Marvel feature film.

Marvel has not confirmed the development, and Creative Artists Agency, which represents the actor, declined to comment.

Evans’ offer would encompass starring in up to three “America” movies plus “The Avengers” movies and appearances in several other Marvel movies. A possible complication is that Evans is committed to co-star in the Anna Faris romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?,” which, like “Captain America,” is scheduled to shoot this summer.

The role of Captain America and his alter ego, Steve Rogers, has been one of the most heavily scrutinized parts by the industry, the media and comic book fandom in recent memory.

Evans wasn’t in the initial round of actors being considered, which leaned toward newcomers. Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Wilson Blethel and Mike Vogel, along with John Krasinski and Chace Crawford, were those testing and reading. Marvel also was interested in Garrett Hedlund.

Evans, who did not screen-test, already has a relationship with Marvel, having starred as Johnny Storm, the fire-covered superhero in the two “Fantastic Four” movies that Fox released in 2005 and 2007. There is some question as to whether fans would accept an actor who played a Marvel superhero just a few years ago, but given that the movies were not well embraced, with no one faulting the actors, Evans might have a clean slate with moviegoers as Captain America.

Joe Johnston (“The Wolfman”) is directing “America,” which shoots in England.

Evans has the DC Comics adaptation “The Losers” in the can and also appears in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the popular Oni Press graphic novel series.

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