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Captain America Recruits Two Writers
Feely and Markus on board First Avenger

19 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Marvel is really cranking up the pace on First Avenger: Captain America. Just over a week ago, the fledgling studio brought Joe Johnston on board as director, and now it’s hired writing team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to give Cap stuff to say and do.

The duo first came to prominence with their excellent script for the acclaimed HBO movie, The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers, which brought them to the attention of Andrew Adamson. He brought the pair on board both Narnia films, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian – which surely gave them an appetite for big-budget fare.

And they don’t come much bigger, or budgetier, than Captain America. Easily the biggest Marvel character yet to arrive on the big screen (sorry, Stilt-Man), there’s a lot riding on the movie, which will take place in World War II and will tell the tale of how scrawny soldier Steve Rogers became the figurehead of the US Army.

But, given that Cap will also play a big part in The Avengers movie that will open a couple of months after his own flick, we imagine that Markus and McFeely might have to bear that in mind when writing First Avenger.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce the film, which is set for release on May 6, 2011.

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Cap Sucks
Who cares,he's a terrible character.Do we really need more American propaganda in our local multiplex? More

Posted by CoxintheBox at 11:18 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

SCOTT SPEEDMAN
It got to be scott speedman, he's perfect for the role. He has the the best chin and facial structure to pull it off, plus he is a bit on the lean side meaning he could pull off the skinny army soldier, but he could easily bulk up for the captain america part. Also he is a strong enough actor to do the part justice, loved him in underworld.... More

Posted by brezza at 08:44 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

Hear's a long shot
How about John Cena, OK the Marine was crap but he made the best out of it, he has the muscles, the personality, probably best to have a skinny Cena look alike to br Steve Rodgers before the steroids. OOps sorry I mean the super solider experiments. More

Posted by cornflake180 at 23:29 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pearce
L: bronco3114 L: Stebop There's only 4 years age difference between Pitt and Guy Pearce. As for for being to old, Harrison Ford was older when they filmed Last Crusade, he managed ok I reckon and I also reckon Brad Pitt could still play 10 years younger than his actual age (allowing for make-up etc). I hope I look as vigourous at 45, but somehow I think not. Pitt's not my first choice, Nathan Fillion or Aaron Eckhart would suit my taste better, but to dismiss Brad Pitt as a viable More

Posted by Frank Castle at 19:48 on 23 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Bradd Pitt
L: aussietrooper20 Bradd Pitt isnt the right one for the role as captain america, cause he is made for the role as the mighty thor instead. o he isn't (imo) - I hope they cast a Scandinavian actor for that role. More

Posted by KeithM at 12:30 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

AARON ECKHART AS CAPTAIN AMERICA
I would choose Aaron Eckhart to play as Cap cause he is the perfect man for the job as people have already said. More

Posted by aussietrooper20 at 09:30 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

No Bradd Pitt
Bradd Pitt isnt the right one for the role as captain america, cause he is made for the role as the mighty thor instead. More

Posted by aussietrooper20 at 09:26 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

captain america
It's good that the story will be taking place during WW2, cause that is when he was created, meaning that in the avengers, he'll be found frozen in ice as it's been seen in comics and cartoons. Also I think that the actor who played harvey in the dark knight would be perfect to play as captain america. More

Posted by aussietrooper20 at 09:25 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pear
Ok rich, you don't like comic book movies.  Point taken.  We get it. More

Posted by KeithM at 20:47 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pear
i'd hope brad pitt would have better sense than to star in this. More

Posted by richCie at 17:19 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pearce
L: Stebop There's only 4 years age difference between Pitt and Guy Pearce. As for for being to old, Harrison Ford was older when they filmed Last Crusade, he managed ok I reckon and I also reckon Brad Pitt could still play 10 years younger than his actual age (allowing for make-up etc). I hope I look as vigourous at 45, but somehow I think not. Pitt's not my first choice, Nathan Fillion or Aaron Eckhart would suit my taste better, but to dismiss Brad Pitt as a viable (and good) choice r More

Posted by bronco3114 at 14:51 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pearce
There's only 4 years age difference between Pitt and Guy Pearce. As for for being to old, Harrison Ford was older when they filmed Last Crusade, he managed ok I reckon and I also reckon Brad Pitt could still play 10 years younger than his actual age (allowing for make-up etc). I hope I look as vigourous at 45, but somehow I think not. Pitt's not my first choice, Nathan Fillion or Aaron Eckhart would suit my taste better, but to dismiss Brad Pitt as a viable (and good) choice reeks of douche. More

Posted by Stebop at 14:15 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

NOWAY PITT
Brad Pitt is too long in the tooth now to be jumping about, my other choice would be Guy Pearce More

Posted by PAULFOX82 at 12:34 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ryan Gosling for Cap!!!!
L: harveytwoface My choice would be Mr Gosling.No way Christian Bale, Matt Damon or Brad Pitt would commit the time to the character, due to other franchises and family. sp; I'm all on-board for Mr Gosling but I just can't see those American chaps getting behind Captain America being played by a Canadian !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:04 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Arcanine CHRISTIAN BALE IS WELSH! sp; ..   More

Posted by impqueen at 10:42 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: CHRISTIAN BALE IS WELSH!
Bale is English... yes he was born in Wales but to English/South African parents and raised in England. The man himself has said he doesn't consider himself Welsh but English. If your gonna claim Bale on the fact he happened to be born in Wales then the English can claim Hammersmith born Joe Calzahe More

Posted by bronco3114 at 10:38 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

HE IS NOT ENGLISH FOR GODS SAKE. More

Posted by Arcanine at 19:20 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

CHRISTIAN BALE IS WELSH! More

Posted by Arcanine at 19:19 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

I can see why Gosling could be a choice but I also fear that no matter how much he bulks up he will still look puny in the Cap costume (he does have very narrow shoulders and looks like a twig most of the time) More

Posted by mighty mick at 18:46 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

Ryan Gosling for Cap!!!!
My choice would be Mr Gosling.No way Christian Bale, Matt Damon or Brad Pitt would commit the time to the character, due to other franchises and family. More

Posted by harveytwoface at 10:10 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Bring on Capt Mal!
GENIUS  More

Posted by bartycrouch at 09:21 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

Bring on Capt Mal!
I say hand the role to Nathan Fillion. Go on, you all know it makes sense. More

Posted by mighty mick at 23:26 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Captain America Recruits Two Writers
I can get behind Pitt as Cap. The one thing that's a prerequisite - way more important than age, nationality or physique - is presence.  Whoever the actor chosen to play Cap, whether a name like Pitt, or a complete unknown, he has to be believable as someone who would inspire others - and be able to look any other character (actor) square in the eye and hold his own in the acting stakes. Pitt, for me, meets those requirements like few others do.  I also like Eckhardt, but as More

Posted by KeithM at 19:57 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Captain America Recruits Two Writers
Hate to nitpick - but Marvel's biggest character? Surely that's Spidey right? Anyhow, massively excited by Marvel's choice so far - the big test, the casting, I'll be honest, I've no idea. Can't think past Matt Damon right now, but who knows? More

Posted by napier007 at 19:40 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:...Right now who's playing Cap?
That was mean't to be Brad's NOT too old to pull it off... More

Posted by bronco3114 at 16:59 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

...Right now who's playing Cap?
Bale? Not only is he Batman (that type casts him for any other super hero, similar goes for the man seemingly built for the role Aaron Eckhart) and English he looks nothing like Cap aesthetically. I still don't think Brad's too old to pull it off, though I guess if their looking down the line at a franchise he'd be pushing it come the sequals. Here's one from left feild...Michael C. Hall aka Dexter. He looks the part, is reasonably athletic even if he would need a little more bulking up and pull More

Posted by bronco3114 at 16:57 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: C&A bigger than Woolvie?
L: Adrian Captain america marvels biggest character? no he ain't. Wolverine is. rrr.. I think the whole quote is the biggest Marvel character arrive on the big screen Wolverine has already arrived on the big screen in a film called "X-Men". You should check it out - it's pretty good.  More

Posted by Histeria at 14:53 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: C&A bigger than Woolvie?
L: Adrian Captain america marvels biggest character? no he ain't. Wolverine is. luckily they're doing that too though, so all's good. believe they meant tallest, hence the stilt man "joke". Still, either way they seem to have forgotten about the Hulk. More

Posted by boriordan at 14:22 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

How about dragging Matt Salinger out of retirement? More

Posted by Chris Hart at 13:24 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Christian Bale!?!?
are you being serious PAULFOX82? you cant be! Aaron Eckhart (spelling!?) is a great shout by the Empire team, look at his CHIN, that is pure American Hero right there. and that, after all, is the essence of Cap A. i am very much looking forward to seeing the movie, it is made up for the movies. More

Posted by bartycrouch at 13:19 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

BALE ALL THE WAY
How about Christian Bale for the role? More

Posted by PAULFOX82 at 12:43 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

C&A bigger than Woolvie?
Captain america marvels biggest character? no he ain't. Wolverine is. luckily they're doing that too though, so all's good. still not too sure how much i can possibly care about C&A. I mean... he is very American isn't he. Maybe in americaland... but not for the civilised world. rest of sorry... I meant the rest of the civilised world. really.. i intended to say it. ;) More

Posted by Adrian at 12:03 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THIS......
Wow. Marvel don't seem to be hanging around. Iron Man was a big hit for them and they're striking while the "Iron" is still hot. With that red white and blue costume and shield, Captain America is a slightly ridiculous character - but with Johnston at the helm and Marvel in complete control, this film promises to be well made, action packed fun. Much like Iron Man ...... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 11:27 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Good news but still not keen on Johnston
Markus and McFeely sound like a good choice - Narnias 1 and 2 showed they could adapt a beloved text and pull together a decent script out of it. However I can't help feeling that - and I know this is goin to sound bizzarre - Joe Wright is the right man (no pun intended) for the job. He pulled off characterisation coupled with WW scenes in Atonement, why not give him the chance to apply these to the comic book genre and deliver a cracking Cap America film? But then again, I wasn't convinced abou More

Posted by mighty mick at 10:00 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Love this news
Balls are rolling and should be a great adventure. As far as thje whole issue raised with "But, given that Cap will also play a big part in The Avengers movie that will open a couple of months after his own flick, we imagine that Markus and McFeely might have to bear that in mind when writing First Avenger" shouldn't be a problem for anyone who knows the story *ahem Chris do some reading about it ahem* Nutshell: Cap thwarts evil Nazi Redskull's plan but fell out of a plane and gets fr More

Posted by DigitalMan at 05:51 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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