With Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World currently in production, Marvel Studios is now turning its eye towards prepping their next superhero flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier. To that end, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have reportedly compiled a short list of five actresses they would like to cast in a significant role that will be the love interest of Cap himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).
The actresses are Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Alison Brie (Community).
If the role is for comics character Sharon Carter, niece of the first film’s Peggy Carter played by Haley Atwill, then all ladies are at least good choices. Brie might have a bit of an in with the directors as she has worked with them before on Community. But considering the evolution of Sharon’s character over the years in the comics, I would not be surprised if Marvel went with someone who had some action experience. (I hope that is not much of a possible spoiler.)
But whomever they cast in the film won’t be the only lady in Cap’s life. As Eric Sneider pointed out last night as the news about the casting shortlist hit, Scarlett Johanson will be back as SHIELD agent Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow.
FYI, Scarlett Johanson's Black Widow is CONFIRMED to appear in CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) October 2, 2012
Can’t say I’m surprised by this as The Avengers seemed to imply that SHIELD was overseeing Steve Rogers’ assimilation into the present day following his stint of suspended animation starting back in World War Two, so an appearance from at least one SHIELD character we’ve already seen seems like a no-brainer.