Chris Evans Heads South For Tennessee Williams Pic

When you think of Tennessee Williams, do you think of mandatory reading, those glass figurine thingies, cats falling off hot tin roofs? How about the Human Torch? No? Well get ready to revisit the great American playwright with a brand new level of appreciation when Chris Evans brings "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" to the big-screen, the "Fantastic Four" star enthused.

Or maybe not. "Truth is, it's Tennessee Williams. It's a little boring," Evans joked with MTV News' Tim Kash.

The period drama centers on rebellious Southern socialite Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) who, after returning from overseas, falls in love with Jimmy (Evans), the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother. "I play kind of a farm hand, not the brightest bulb on the tree," Evans divulged. It's a huge change of pace for an actor better known for wearing spandex and battling computer-generated foes as a member of the "Fantastic Four."

"This came around and Bryce Dallas Howard attached herself and I think she's phenomenal. It just made too much sense," he said. Originally set to star Lindsay Lohan in the role that eventually went to Howard, "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" will co-star Ellen Burstyn and David Strathairn. "It's very character driven and I think it's going to be a beautiful piece," Evans insisted.