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Captain America Casting

Posted by: Matthew Turner 01/04/2010 @ 21:49
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Films seen so far this year: 96
Films seen this week: Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang, No One Knows About Persian Cats, Shank, Hot Tub Time Machine, Centurion, In The Land Of The Free..., Nightwatching, Femme Fatale

Chris Evans cast as Captain America
Funnily enough, I nearly went with the continuing search for Captain America as a blog topic last week. I'm quite glad I didn't now, because it was recently announced that, after a long search that was frankly starting to get a bit embarrassing, Chris Evans has finally been cast as Marvel's Captain America. Incredibly, he's signed on to play the part in a nine-movie deal that includes sequels to both Captain America: The First Avenger and the subsequent Avengers movie. I was never as big a fan of Captain America as I was of most of Marvel's other big names (I can only name two of his supporting cast, for example) and I can't say I'm as excited about it as I am about some of the other Marvel movies (hurry up with Ant-Man, Marvel!) but Evans is definitely good casting – he looks the part and has a charismatic screen presence that should work well, although it's going to be a little odd watching him giving orders to Downey Jr's Tony Stark if and when The Avengers movie finally gets made. I'm also assuming Evans will be less cocky and wise-cracking than he was as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies (also, apparently due for a reboot), which is sort of a shame, because cocky and wise-cracking Chris Evans is the best kind of Chris Evans. Otherwise you end up with Push again and no one wants that.

Films I Am Dying To See: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Last week saw the long-awaited release of the first teaser trailer for Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs The World, based on the cult comic book series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The plot is simple enough: sweet-natured 22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), the bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, meets girl of his dreams Ramona Flowers (My Good Friend Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and discovers that he has to defeat her seven Evil Exes in mortal combat. The comic books play around with video game imagery, with the fights presented as rounds in a Street Fighter-style beat-em-up and Wright has done a terrific job of both replicating the comics (the framing is identical in some of the shots in the trailer) and bringing the video game stuff to life. My issues over Michael Cera getting to play both Scott Pilgrim and Youth In Revolt's Nick Twisp are well documented, but he does seem particularly well suited to Scott Pilgrim and the fight scenes (complete with onscreen sound effects) look fantastic. Winstead looks fabulous as Flowers too and the trailer also features amusing glimpses of both Chris Evans as Evil Ex Lucas Lee and Up in the Air's Anna Kendrick as Scott's sister Stacey. The film opens here on 27th August, which gives you just enough time to read all five volumes of the comic book (the sixth is out on July 20th, just a few weeks before the film).

Comments

by  cmonthebay  01/04/2010 @ 21:59
Looking forward to Hot Tub Time Machine - looks great!
by  Offshore  06/04/2010 @ 08:36
Yeah Hot Tub time machine looks brilliant!!!
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