Johnston Talks Casting “Captain America”

Director Joe Johnston (“The Wolfman,” “Hidalgo”) has finally spoken about the casting of Chris Evans in the title role in “The First Avenger: Captain America” reports Earth’s Mightiest.

Much as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart got ‘youthified’ for the opening scenes of “X-Men: The Last Stand” with the help of some clever CG mapping, it sounds like Chris Evans will be ‘wimpified’ to portray the pre-serum Steve Rogers.

Johnston says “Casting Captain America is really casting two roles…Steve Rogers before and after the transformation from 98 pound weakling to perfect physical specimen. I can’t divulge how we’re going to do it, but the performance will be Chris Evans from beginning to end.”

The change will make up a big part of the character – “One of the interesting aspects of the character is the effect that kind of total transformation would have on the his psyche. It gives the character more dimension and the actor playing him a wider range of interesting choices.”

Johnston confirmed that Evans didn’t audition for the role at all – “He came in to the art department to say hi, saw all the jaw-dropping art and designs on the wall and reacted the way I’d hoped he would. It was really his wonderful enthusiasm for everything he saw that cinched the deal.”