Chris Evans, Garrett Hedlund and Wilson Bethel — if you believe the recent reports, these are the new actors in the lead to play Steve Rogers in "The First Avenger: Captain America," along with the previously mentioned Mike Vogel. In this ever-changing world of "Captain America" casting rumors, it's best to keep your sights set on the most recently announced candidate pool — at least until those actors are replaced by a completely new set of competitors by the end of today, of course.
Still, the fickle nature of the Hollywood beast can't be blamed on the actors reportedly in contention for Cap. If Evans, Hedlund and Bethel really are the newest frontrunners, it's worth wondering what they would bring to the Marvel Studios universe.
Here are our thoughts on these contenders and how well they would work as Captain America.
CHRIS EVANS: His comic book credibility is well intact with roles in "Fantastic Four" and "The Losers," but Evans is best known for his portrayals of wisecracking, sarcastic youths — not exactly Steve Rogers' modus operandi. But anybody that has seen Evans in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" knows that the actor is capable of an extremely moving and courageous performance in the midst of a claustrophobic and tense atmosphere. Evans as Cap reminds me of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, in the sense that it's not a casting decision you immediately think of. Given some thought, however, Evans is not just an interesting choice — he's kind of a perfect fit.
GARRETT HEDLUND: Currently best known as the ill-fated Patroclus in "Troy," Hedlund is about to burst onto the scene as Sam Flynn in "Tron Legacy." The film's trailer (which just went wide this week) offers the best and most recent glimpse at what Hedlund could bring to the table as Rogers. Judging on that footage alone, I think that Hedlund has the right action sensibilities and leading man presence necessary for Cap. With his star about to burst with "Tron Legacy," Hedlund could be the best choice of the bunch.
WILSON BETHEL: With credits on "The Young and the Restless" and "The O.C." to his name, Bethel seemingly has Chace Crawford's resume and Michael Cassidy's physique. But he was also on "Generation Kill" as Corporal Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford, which means the actor has some serious combat training under his belt — definitely a plus given that "Captain America" is only a few short months from production. Still, as Bethel is such an unknown quantity, I might feel more comfortable with a better known face like Evans or Hedlund as Rogers.
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