Alice Eve The Frontrunner For ‘Captain America’ Female Lead?

Emily Blunt might not be interested in playing Peggy Carter in “The First Avenger: Captain America,” but it looks like her loss could be Alice Eve’s gain.

The “She’s Out Of My League” actress is now considered the frontrunner for the role of Carter in “Captain America,” reports E! Online, with her closest competition being “The Prisoner” actress Hayley Atwell. Both actresses are said to be screen testing for the role “for the second time” in London today.

Additionally, it appears that Keira Knightley has followed Blunt’s lead, as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress is no longer in the running for the Marvel Studios movie.

In the comic books, Peggy Carter was a freedom fighter with the French Resistance during World War II. She aligned herself with Steve Rogers and his team of Invaders, including side kick James “Bucky” Barnes. Carter and Rogers fell in love despite a mostly enigmatic relationship, but their romance was short-lived after the star-spangled superhero was thought dead in an accident in the North Atlantic.

In current continuity, Rogers is engaged in a romantic relationship with Sharon Carter, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Peggy’s niece.

Whether or not Eve or Atwell lands the role is currently unclear, though an announcement is likely to occur shortly. Over the past few weeks, the film’s other three major roles have been filled — Chris Evans is Steve Rogers, Sebastian Stan is Bucky and Hugo Weaving is attached as Red Skull.

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