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Captain America: The First Avenger
is an upcoming 2011 American superhero film
based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. The film stars Chris Evans as
Captain America with Joe Johnston directing a script by David Self, Christopher Markus,
Stephen McFeely, and Joss Whedon. The film will be part of the Marvel Cinematic
Universe and is scheduled for release on July 22, 2011. The film is scheduled to be
released in 3D.
In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army
and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret
military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain
America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), he fights the Red Skull (Hugo
Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world
domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America: A sickly young man who is enhanced
to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum in order to aid the United
States war effort. Evans said he declined the part three times before signing a six-picture
deal with Marvel, explaining that, “At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If
the movie bombs, I’m f***ed. If the movie hits, I’m f***ed! I was just scared. I realized my
whole decision-making process was fear-based, and you never want to make a decision
out of fear. I can’t believe I was almost too chicken to play Captain America”. He
ultimately agreed to the role, saying, “I think Marvel is doing a lot of good things right
now, and it’s a fun character. ... I think the story of Steve Rogers is great. He’s a great guy.
Even if it were just a script about anybody, I would probably want to do it. So it wasn’t
necessarily about the comic itself.” Evans also said the film will include humor, finding a
“happy medium” between “glossy” and “fantastical”Spider-Man and Fantastic Four films,
and darker films like The Dark Knight. On this aspect, he compared The First Avenger to
Iron Man
Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips: In the early comics, Phillips recruited Steve
Rogers to join Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier
known as Captain America. The character will be updated for the film. Jones described
his character as “the one you’ve seen in a thousand movies: the gruff, skeptical officer
overseeing a team of talented, slightly sarcastic, specially talented soldiers”.
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter: A freedom fighter during World War II and the love
interest of Captain America. Regarding her preparation for the role Atwell remarked,
“We’ve got a fabulous crew and team of people working with us and I’m training at the
moment six days a week to make her a bit more military and make it convincing that I
could kick butt. But it’s great fun and I’m really looking forward to doing it”. About the
character Atwell stated, “I likened her character to that famous Ginger Rogers quote.
She can do everything Captain America can do, but backwards and in high heels. She’s
an English soldier through and through, although she always looks fabulous. She might
stand there with a machine-gun shooting Nazis, but she’s obviously gone to the loo
beforehand and applied a bit of lipstick. She doesn’t need to be rescued. That’s exciting to
me – her strength”.
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes: An orphan who befriends Captain America and
becomes his sidekick. Trade sources said Stan has signed on for “five or six pictures”.
Stan revealed that he didn’t know anything about the comic books but watched a lot of
documentaries and films about World War II in preparation for the role, calling Band
of Brothers “very helpful”. About the role Stan stated, “Steve Rogers and Bucky are
both orphans and kind of like brothers. They kind of grow up together and look after
each other. It’s a very human, relatable thing.... I also wanted to look out for how their
relationship changes once Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. There’s always a
competition and they’re always one-upping each other. I paid attention to how Bucky is
affected by Steve’s change and suddenly Steve is this leader”.
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan,
Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci.
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Release Date: July 22nd 2011
Studio: Paramount Pictures –
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