The search for the actor to play Captain America / Steve Rogers in Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger: Captain America is still ongoing, and Mike Fleming of Deadline New York reports that Marvel Studios has expanded their search to include Channing Tatum (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”):
I’m told that Marvel has also made an approach to Channing Tatum. Coming off G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Dear John, I would be surprised if he went in to test for the role., now that he’s become a bankable commodity. It’ll come down to Marvel making an offer, and Tatum either accepting it or rejecting it. But he is definitely in the mix, along with other confirmed candidates that include Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans, Cloverfield’s Mike Vogel and Tron Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund, and Generation Kill’s Wilson Bethel.
Deadline is also reporting that the studio is testing leads for the female role of Peggy, with candidates being Keira Knightley, Alice Eve and Emily Blunt in consideration.
Whoever they decide on they need to hurry up. After all, Johnston did say at a press junket last month for The Wolfman that they expected to complete the casting process by March 1st. Plus there’s the fact that filming is scheduled to begin next month in the UK.
The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.