Meet 3 actresses battling it out for the lead in Captain America 2

The cast of Captain America: The Winter Solider is growing. Chris Evans already has a new partner in Anthony Mackie (Falcon), and now the hunt is on for his leading lady. Here are the three actresses who have caught Marvel's eye.

The New York Post is reporting that Anna Kendrick (The Twilight Saga, 50/50), Felicity Jones (The Tempest, Chalet Girl) and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre, Fright Night) are front-runners for the Captain America sequel. What role are they fighting for? Marvel is keeping that a secret, but many assume it's Sharon Carter.

Sharon is the niece of Margaret "Peggy" Carter (Hayley Atwell), who appeared in the first Captain America. Like her aunt, Sharon is also a love interest for Steve Rogers.

Anna Kendrick has appeared in The Twilight Saga, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 50/50 and, most notably, 2009's Up in the Air. Her performance as Natalie earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Felicity Jones is a British actress who's getting serious buzz in the States. In 2011, she earned critical acclaim for her performance in the drama Like Crazy. She also gets bonus points for appearing on an episode of Doctor Who ("The Unicorn and the Wasp").

Imogen Poots is the youngest of the group. Most of us first saw her as Young Valerie inc V for Vendetta or Tammy in 28 Weeks Later. Since then, she's been consistently working her way up the Hollywood ladder.

Who has what it takes to pick up where Atwell left off?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014.

(via The New York Post)