Looks like it's official: Captain America has finally nabbed his girl.
British actress Hayley Atwell was reportedly one of two women vying for the lead female part in Captain America: The First Avenger (new title; it's been switched from The First Avenger: Captain America). Before officially landing the part, E! had reported that it was between Atwell and Alice Eve after Keira Knightley and Emily Blunt were no longer in the running. Atwell is somewhat of an unknown in the States, but that's what makes her such a fun choice. She's got that great, innocent, girl-next-door look mixed with a hint of exotic adventure, which should play well into a WWII-set romance. This girl may be a stranger now, but trust me when I say I'm sure we'll get to know her a lot better ... starting now.
Check out the press release below ...
Marvel Studios announced today that Hayley Atwell has been cast to star as Peggy Carter in the studio's highly anticipated movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opposite Chris Evans. In the early comics, Peggy Carter fell in love with Captain America while they fought together in the war effort. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige will produce CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D'Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Atwell will next be seen in PILLARS OF THE EARTH, the 8-part miniseries premiering July 23 on Starz and the TV series THE PRISONER. Her film credits include THE DUCHESS, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED and CASSANDRA'S DREAM.
In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, THOR on May 6, 2011, and Marvel Studios' THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.