EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Phillippe Confirms ‘Captain America’ Audition

Add another name to the rapidly changing list of contenders for the lead role in “The First Avenger: Captain America.” Joining alleged contenders Chris Evans, Garrett Hedlund And Wilson Bethel (and former rumor subjects John Krasinski, Scott Porter and various other actors) is “The Way of the Gun” actor Ryan Phillippe.

Phillippe confirmed a rumor that he’s auditioning for the role during an exclusive interview with MTV News during the South by Southwest Film Festival.

“[I] actually am going in to meet on ’Captain America,’ which is kind of cool,” said Phillippe. “After Superman, he was kind of my favorite.”

Phillippe’s involvement with the role first surfaced on HitFix earlier today in an anonymous report indicating the actor was the latest in a long line of potential “Captain America” leads.

The actor’s next on-screen role will be as a soldier in “MacGruber,” a feature-length film based on the Saturday Night Live short. He previously showed some action chops in the aforementioned “The Way of the Gun” with Benicio Del Toro, but he has yet to take on a comic book movie role.

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