Mike Fleming

British flagUPDATE: Marvel Studios is also testing leads for the female role of Peggy. While Marvel is looking for an American actor to play Captain America, the candidates for the female lead are British. So far, Keira Knightley, Alice Eve, and Emily Blunt are under consideration. Blunt is known to be a favorite of Marvel brass: she was offered the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, until Fox exercised an option it held on the actress and put her into Gulliver’s Travels. Scarlett Johansson took the role.

e272420channing-tatum-postersEXCLUSIVE: While Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston continue to test candidates for The First Avenger: Captain America, I’m told that Marvel has also made an approach to Channing Tatum. Coming off G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Dear John, I would be surprised if he went in to test for the role now that he’s become a bankable commodity. It’ll come down to Marvel making an offer, and Tatum either accepting it or rejecting it. But he is definitely in the mix, along with other confirmed candidates that include Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans, Cloverfield‘s Mike Vogel and Tron Legacy‘s Garrett Hedlund, and Generation Kill‘s Wilson Bethel. Reports have Ryan Phillippe also vying for the job.

Interesting story I heard recently about Tatum. Asked by director Dito Montiel to star in Son of No One, Tatum agreed. But when Millennium and Nu Image took over the film and tried to squeeze Tatum on a deal that was already a discount, the actor’s UTA reps told Montiel that it looked like Tatum wouldn’t make the movie. This would have been a big problem, since Nu Image sold foreign on the film, right after Tatum scored a solid hit with Dear John. The movie might have imploded without him playing a young cop who questions a murder cover-up. Rather than accepting the equivalent of a Dear John letter, Montiel tracked down Tatum on the faraway set of  the Steven Soderbergh-directed Knockout. After a heart-to-heart, Tatum was suddenly back in the picture, which sounds like a very Captain America thing to do. Sources close to Tatum said that the call prompted Millennium to live up to its original deal and that’s why the film will go forward.

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