Deadline New York’s Mike Fleming is reporting tonight that contrary to recent reports, John Krasinski (“The Office”) is no longer in the running to play the title character in Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger: Captain America. Instead, he has been scratched off the short list and of the original contenders, Marvel is looking seriously into Mike Vogel (“Cloverfield”) and Garrett Hedlund (“Tron Legacy”), while Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four”) has recently been added into the mix:
It’s not going to work out for the other actors who tested: Chace Crawford (CW’s Gossip Girl), John Krasinski (NBC’s The Office), Scott Porter (NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Michael Cassidy (CW’s Privileged) or Patrick Flueger (Brothers).
Update: THR’s Heat Vision blog confirmed Deadline New York’s casting update and adds that Wilson Bethel (who starred in HBO’s “Generation Kill”) is also in consideration for the role.
The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.