Lots of interesting stuff going on with this over the last few days.

Ryan Phillippe or Channing Tatum as Captain America

There still hasn’t been any announcements concerning the casting Steve Rogers/ Captain America and I’m still feeling really frustrated by the entire situation, but according to Entertainment Weekly there are some new contenders in the mix:

Today’s rumor mill throws G.I. Joe’s Channing Tatum into a mix of 20-something-year-olds that include the known, Ryan Phillippe, Fantastic Four’s Chris Evans; the semi-known, [snip] Cloverfield’s Mike Vogel, Gossip Girl’s Sebastian Stan; and the unknown, Young and the Restless’s Wilson Bethel.

I think looking at Ryan Philippe or Channing Tatum is moving things in the right direction.  I still don’t think either actor looks old enough to play Cap, but they don’t look like they should be worrying about what to wear to the prom either.  Of the two, I think Philippe is the better actor, but he’s only 5’9.  Steve Rogers is 6’2 according to Marvel.com.  I know they can make him look taller, but wouldn’t it be easier just to hire an actor who is already that tall?  You know, (shameless plug) Alexander Skarsgard is 6’4.

As for Chris Evans, he was the best part of the Fantastic Four, so why not keep him for a spot in the Avengers movie instead?

Sebastian Stan / Wilson BethelSebastian Stan and Wilson Bethel are unknowns to me.  I don’t watch Gossip Girl or Young and the Restless so I don’t know anything about their abilities to play the role. I do think Stan looks a bit skeezy to play All-American Steve Rogers and Wilson needs to get some serious sleep.  Neither one of them do it for me.  Besides, as I’ve said in a previous post, and echoed in the EW piece, do you really want to cast an unknown to go toe to toe with some of the best actors in the business for not one, but two movie franchise?

I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on an inexperienced actor, especially when you consider the next piece of casting news.

It seems l like Joe Johnson has chosen the actor to play the villain of the piece – Red Skull will be played by…

(drum roll please)

Hugo Weaving as Red SkullHUGO WEAVING!

Well, at least according to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaving is in talks to play the role.

This makes me *very* happy.  Weaving will have a tough job to sell this character through what is sure to be either through tons of latex and makeup or digitally, both of which we know he’s perfectly capable of doing after seeing V for Vendetta.

He also knows how to play a character who is completely maniacal, over the top, charismatic evil without ever sinking into parody.

Besides, you have to admit there’ s a certain cranial similarity as well. He is going to do a fantastic job.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter