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04.14.2010

After Emily Blunt formally turned down the role of Peggy Carter, love interest to Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA, all eyes turned to names like Keira Knightley and Alice Eve as the top candidates. As it turns out Marvel and Joe Johnston cast an actress that was mentioned as an aside in most casting reports. Hayley Atwell (THE DUCHESS) has signed on to co-star with Chris Evans in the film after nailing her screentest in London with Johnston.

While Atwell has had supporting roles in period movies like THE DUCHESS and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, she may be best known for her role in AMC's remake of "The Prisoner."

Not knowing much on Atwell it's hard to cast a critical eye on her joining the production but if they chose her over bigger name actresses, I'm guessing she's got something going for her. And frankly it doesn't seem like this movie has always been all about getting the biggest A-list star.

If you're completely unfamiliar with Atwell, here's a video of her talking about THE DUCHESS just to give you an idea. What do you think of the choice?

Source: THR

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9:40AM on 04/15/2010
I was afraid after clicking the link I would end up being faced with a photo of Alice Eve, so I am very glad to see this instead. I do hope there is not a generation spanning love story with Cap and her as an old chick though...
I was afraid after clicking the link I would end up being faced with a photo of Alice Eve, so I am very glad to see this instead. I do hope there is not a generation spanning love story with Cap and her as an old chick though...
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9:31AM on 04/15/2010
i dug her in the prisoner.
i dug her in the prisoner.
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2:23AM on 04/15/2010
Still a small role probably
Still a small role probably
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10:33PM on 04/14/2010
better than alice eve for true.
better than alice eve for true.
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10:30PM on 04/14/2010
What's the news again? I've been staring at that picture for so long, haha.
What's the news again? I've been staring at that picture for so long, haha.
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10:08PM on 04/14/2010
Why do we need love interests in superhero movies. i was so happy when rachel died in the dark knight.
Why do we need love interests in superhero movies. i was so happy when rachel died in the dark knight.
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11:47PM on 04/14/2010
To get women to watch them otherwise they get bored. If IRONMAN didn,t fall for pepper and just sleep with tons of chicks girls wouldn't like him very much.
To get women to watch them otherwise they get bored. If IRONMAN didn,t fall for pepper and just sleep with tons of chicks girls wouldn't like him very much.
10:29AM on 04/15/2010
Rachel dying in TDK was a great choice. And it's something that should have happened in the Spider-Man films with Gwen Stacey.

Love interests in superhero films can be good, because it gives the heroes something to be irrational about. They don't work when they're just tacked on because someone decides (ala Nite Owl's logic) that chicks want to see other chicks on screen.
Rachel dying in TDK was a great choice. And it's something that should have happened in the Spider-Man films with Gwen Stacey.

Love interests in superhero films can be good, because it gives the heroes something to be irrational about. They don't work when they're just tacked on because someone decides (ala Nite Owl's logic) that chicks want to see other chicks on screen.
6:01PM on 04/15/2010
I agree that love intrest are important because they give the characters more motivation than just get the bad guy but guys can watch 2hrs of sfx movies but can't sit through 10 mins of twilight
I agree that love intrest are important because they give the characters more motivation than just get the bad guy but guys can watch 2hrs of sfx movies but can't sit through 10 mins of twilight
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9:12PM on 04/14/2010
Perfect.
Perfect.
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8:12PM on 04/14/2010

Yeah this is good casting - she is very hot and i hear she can act

Does anyone else really want to see Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans standing next to each other?
Does anyone else really want to see Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans standing next to each other?
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8:06PM on 04/14/2010
I havent seen any of her film but man is she beautiful. I'd honestly rather see a beautiful actress with that can act instead of a big name in a comic book film thats horrible like Dunst or Alba
I havent seen any of her film but man is she beautiful. I'd honestly rather see a beautiful actress with that can act instead of a big name in a comic book film thats horrible like Dunst or Alba
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7:43PM on 04/14/2010
I have no idea who she is, but so far she's lookin' pretty bangin!
I have no idea who she is, but so far she's lookin' pretty bangin!
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5:09PM on 04/14/2010
MY GOD IN HEAVEN !Oh lucky day,we'll be able to tell future generations we were 'there'when HOLLYWOOD made one of it's last good decisions.I can't believe i'm saying this....NICELY DONE
MY GOD IN HEAVEN !Oh lucky day,we'll be able to tell future generations we were 'there'when HOLLYWOOD made one of it's last good decisions.I can't believe i'm saying this....NICELY DONE
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5:03PM on 04/14/2010
Gorgeous woman. I'm glad they went with someone who actually looks like she could have been from that time period. Great choice.
Gorgeous woman. I'm glad they went with someone who actually looks like she could have been from that time period. Great choice.
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4:54PM on 04/14/2010
Casting an A list actress would be a waste of money because she will only be in the WW2 story and probably barely in that story at that . Thats why emily blunt turned it down.
Casting an A list actress would be a waste of money because she will only be in the WW2 story and probably barely in that story at that . Thats why emily blunt turned it down.
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4:52PM on 04/14/2010

Cassandra's dream...

I knew she'd go places.
I knew she'd go places.
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4:40PM on 04/14/2010
Good casting. I couldn't really see Alice Eve being casted. Again, another case of making the right casting decision.
Good casting. I couldn't really see Alice Eve being casted. Again, another case of making the right casting decision.
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5:10PM on 04/14/2010
I would've cast Miley. Did you catch The Last Song? Beautiful film. Highly recommend it.
I would've cast Miley. Did you catch The Last Song? Beautiful film. Highly recommend it.
5:19PM on 04/14/2010
Miley is the modern Katherine Hepburn. Period.
Miley is the modern Katherine Hepburn. Period.
5:29PM on 04/14/2010
Katherine Hepburn is an understatement, Miley's gargantuan talent is so much that I only made it halfway through The Last Song as I had used up all my tears and had started crying blood, she. is. god.
Katherine Hepburn is an understatement, Miley's gargantuan talent is so much that I only made it halfway through The Last Song as I had used up all my tears and had started crying blood, she. is. god.
5:40PM on 04/14/2010
God, if there was only a way of taking out this Chris Evans clown to make way for someone with REAL talent. Like say... um... the Sprouse twins!!

Yeah, yeah! Pre- and post-serum Steve Rogers! Holy shit almighty!! One gets beefed up, the other DOESN'T!!! What a suite casting idea!!!!
God, if there was only a way of taking out this Chris Evans clown to make way for someone with REAL talent. Like say... um... the Sprouse twins!!

Yeah, yeah! Pre- and post-serum Steve Rogers! Holy shit almighty!! One gets beefed up, the other DOESN'T!!! What a suite casting idea!!!!
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