The beginning of March has come and gone without official word about who will play The First Avenger: Captain America, but Deadline Hollywood is now debunking a rumor, first reported by Fox 411, that The Office's John Krasinski had a lock on the role.
Here's what Deadline Hollywood says:
Marvel has slightly expanded its search—adding actors that I'm told include Chris Evans, who already logged Marvel Comics superhero time as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films. Of the original contenders, two are still in serious contention: Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy). ...
It's not going to work out for the other actors who tested: Chace Crawford (CW's Gossip Girl), John Krasinski (NBC's The Office), Scott Porter (NBC's Friday Night Lights), Michael Cassidy (CW's Privileged) or Patrick Flueger (Brothers).
That contradicts Fox 411's report earlier today:
Insiders at the Marvel compound tell Fox 411 that he is close to landing the superhero gig of his life. John, who plays Jim on "The Office," has appeared in front of producers repeatedly since the start of the new year and since rumors began in February.
"John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests," our source tells us. "He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week."
Paramount Pictures will release Captain America on July 22, 2011.