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Captain America to be an unknown and will be filmed in UK according to director Joe Johnston

Posted by LiveFor on February 7, 2010

It is the last of the big Marvel three (along with Thor and Iron Man), yet there is still no word on who will be Captain America. Speaking to Collider, Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jumanji, The Wolfman) put my mind at rest. Sounds like he’s got the best intentions to make The First Avenger: Captain America spot on.

First of all they will be casting an American for the role.

Absolutely. Oh yeah. I don’t think we could make without an American playing the part. But we may not be casting in America because we’re going to London and we’ll probably shoot in the UK for most of it because it takes place in Europe. But, yeah, we’ll definitely be casting.

This film should asls have a different look and feel to the other Marvel Studio films.

We’re definitely going to shoot it in a different way than any of the other Marvel pictures have been shot. What I’m trying to do is look at the comics – most of the new ones like the Brubaker series – and to interpret that sort of visual style into a film in a way that I think has been tried before…it always looks a little too on the nose it looks like oh they’re shooting a comic book movie. I want to try something a little bit different.

What about the costume? Will it be the Red, White and Blue of the comic?

After he’s made into this super-soldier, they decide they can’t send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He’s the only one and they can’t make more. So they say, ‘You’re going to be in this USO show’ and they give him a flag suit.” … “So he’s up on stage doing songs and dances with chorus girls and he can’t wait to get out and really fight. When he does go AWOL, he covers up the suit but then, after a few things happen, he realizes that this uniform allows him to lead. By then, he’s become a star in the public mind and a symbol. The guys get behind him because he embodies something special.” The USO outfit will look closer to the classic Jack Kirby-designed costume, but later he will be wearing “a sturdier, more muted version that he makes himself that is more like battle togs. The stripes across his mid-section, for instance, will be straps, not colored fabric. He realizes the value of the uniform symbols but he modifies his suit and adds some armor, it will be closer to the Cpa costume in some of the comics in more recent years.

Read more: Joe Johnston Talks Captain America: Casting, Costumes, The Look, and the Villain | /Film

The big question is of course the casting of Steve Rogers. Will it be a big name or an unknown?

We’re looking for a complete unknown. I hope it’ll be somebody we discover and whose never been in…well he’s probably been in something…you won’t know who he is or recognize him. We’ll surround him with more prominent names. That’s who we’re looking for. Will we find him? I don’t know. It’s tough.

Casting has to be done by 1st March. AICN also have the news that the big bad of the film will be the Red Skull. Now who on earth will they get to play him?

How do you feel about the film after hearing Johnston’s words?

By the way the poster is a fan made one by nineteenPSG.

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