Fox 411 is reporting that Marvel is intent on having John Krasinski (“The Office”) star as the title character in Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger: Captain America:
“John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests,” our source tells us. “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.”
At this point Krasinski is basically the only focus at Marvel and he’s currently reading “with multiple actresses up for the female leads”:
“It’s a surprise and we are bracing ourselves for ‘that guy from ‘The Office” to land Captain America. They are not really looking at the other guys, so it’s time to get ready to work with him.”
“If John gets offered the role, the pay will not be outrageous but it would be a multi-film deal. Marvel has big plans to tie the movies together and John would have parts in all of them since the first Captain America will be an origin story. The movie will break down how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. “
Update: Late last month Cinematical reported that Krasinski was the most likely candidate for the role, so this report from Fox 411 confirms Cinematical’s initial scoop.
The First Avenger: Captain America hits theaters on July 22, 2011.