A group of media outlets had the chance to visit the set of Iron Man 2 the other day and, while there, speak with Kevin Feige, a producer for Marvel Studios. Of course, more than just Iron Man 2 was discussed, and Feige touched upon all of the studio’s massive releases in the works—-meaning, Thor, The Avengers, and The First Avenger: Captain America.
Below, you’ll find the link to the full transcript, from UGO.com. The most interesting highlight, thus making it the only one I’ll call to attention here, comes when somebody asks Feige to respond to last year’s premature and ridiculous-sounding rumors that Will Smith was the frontrunner to play Captain America. Feige’s response: they’re taking a star’s “international appeal” into the heaviest of casting account, and that Will Smith is indeed one of a “handful of stars that mean anything here much less overses.”
So, there you have it. Soem hearsay, small sidetalk, that the Internet will jump on and declare as an actual casting announcement. The only reason I’m spotlighting this tidbit is to gauge reaction to the Smith-as-Captain-America possibility, and to call for suggestions as to who else should play the role. Personally, I don’t think Smith is right for the part at all; the guy can act, no question, but I’d much rather see a lesser-known. If they’re looking to cast a megastar, then you can’t get much more “mega” than Will Smith. Still, I’d prefer that Marvel went the Star Trek/J.J. Abrams route and found a Chris Pine-like breakout to play the Captain. Marvel just did so for Thor, picking Australian newcomer Chris Hensworth, so they’re not totally opposed to fresh faces. Of course, Thor is a completely different property than Captain America .
We’ll see, though. Among that “handful of international stars,” other than Smith, are whom? Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio? Neither one of those guys would want to play Captain America, right?
For more on UGO’s set visit, including info on Thor and The Avengers, click here: /Film