According to Deadline New York, Marvel Studios has apparently approached Channing Tatum for The First Avenger: Captain America. Joe Johnston is set to direct.

If this is true, the actor now joins Ryan Phillippe, Chris Evans, Mike Vogel, Garrett Hedlund, and Wilson Bethel as actors that are in the running for this movie.

In addition to this bit of casting talk, Marvel Studios is testing leads for the female role of Peggy. The studio wants an American actor to play Captain America, but they are presently looking at British actresses Keira Knightley, Alice Eve and Emily Blunt.

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Apparently, Blunt is who the studio is leaning towards.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment... Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the 'Super-Soldier Serum' and bombarded by 'vita-rays.'

Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.

As always, we will keep you posted on further casting developments for this film.

Evan Jacobs