The First Avenger: Captain America director Joe Johnston took a few moments recently to discuss the casting of Chris Evans in the role of Steve Rogers / Captain America with Earth’s Mightiest.
“Casting Captain America is really casting two roles…Steve Rogers before and after the transformation from 98 pound weakling to perfect physical specimen,” Johnston said in regards to qualities whomever was chosen to play Cap would need to have. “I can’t divulge how we’re going to do it, but the performance will be Chris Evans from beginning to end. An actor playing Captain America has to embody that backstory and let it inform his understanding of his new self. 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.”
Sounds like Johnston and gang might be using some mo-cap and CGI for the 98-lb version of Steve Rogers. It worked great in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to age and de-age Brad Pitt, and should work fantastically here as well.
When it came to casting Chris Evans, Johnston admits the actor was not chosen for nailing an audition.
“Chris didn’t audition at all,” said Johnston. “I was already familiar with everything he’d done and was championing his cause, not that I had a fight from the Marvel team. They were fans of his as well. 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. We have some of the best designers and illustrators in the industry working for us and the art is just incredible to wander through. He will bring the perfect balance of dramatic performance and physicality to the role.
It will probably be awhile before we get to see some of that art put to use as Captain America is not slated to begin shooting for another couple months.