A little over a week ago, the news broke that Marvel was considering Chris Evans for the role of Captain America. Today, The Hollywood Reporter says that he has been offered the part.
I made my opinion on Evans superhero potential clear before, but in case you missed it:
"Evans is a really charming and talented actor who has yet to truly break through and become the leading man he was obviously born to be. He has experience in the superhero genre, having starred in Push and made the otherwise abysmal Fantastic Four movies watchable. Give him the part!"
You could say I approve of this casting. You can say that. I won't argue with you about that one at all. That would be a silly argument. He's a perfect choice. Admittedly, I'm a little discouraged that Marvel seemed to cower in the face of irritating fanboy raving and kick John Krasinski out of the part (Speculation with a capital "S," but I'd wager it's the truth), but I couldn't be more pleased with this. Evans got the looks and charm and he can actually act. Which puts him about sixteen rungs on the acting ladder above, oh, Channing Tatum.
It seems that the only problem is that Mr. Evans is already committed to a romantic comedy filming this summer called What's Your Number? Seeing how fame eluded the equally charismatic Ryan Reynolds until he did the Sandra Bullock rom-com The Proposal, it's obvious Evans was attempting a similar career makeover.
No comment on the minor irony that Reynolds is now playing the Green Lantern.
What will benefit Evans more as an actor? Superhero for the young male set or sexy leading man for the female set? I bet Evans is going to have a series of lengthy conversations with his agent in the next few days.