As one door seemingly closes, another looks to be opening. I understand from sources that Captain America star Chris Evans is joining Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s red-hot murder mystery movie Knives Out.
The casting bolsters the project’s status as one of the hottest in the works at the moment and follows MRC’s big money deal for it out of Toronto. As we previously broke, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Johnson, who wrote the script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman, will make the movie before directing a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
Plot details on the film are largely being kept under wraps but the pic will likely shoot this year, meaning Craig will shoot it before Bond 25. It is understood to be a modern day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style.
The project is timely for Evans on the day that speculation is in overdrive about him hanging up his Captain America shield after playing the Marvel stalwart since 2011. Anthony and Joe Russo’s latest installment in the Avengers franchise will hit next year. The in-demand actor also has thriller The Red Sea Diving Resort coming up and he was set for Neill Blomkamp’s Greenland during Cannes. Knives Out is expected to be his next movie.
Chris Evans on Thursday announced he has officially hung up his shield.
After playing Captain America for nearly a decade, Evans tweeted that it was over.
“Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful,” Evans tweeted.
The actor previously alluded to retiring the character in a profile in the The New York Times that quoted him as saying, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”
The 37-year-old Evans first played Steve Rogers aka Captain America in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. He would go on to play the fan favorite in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), as well as cameo in a number of other Marvel films.
There was an outpouring of reaction to his tweet, most sad, with even some of the biggest stars in the superhero world weighing in.
“I’m not crying. I’m weeping. There’s a difference,” Ryan Reynolds tweeted.
“What a run you had brother. Congrats on breathing life into such an iconic character. Keep on keepin’ on,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted.
Marvel cast Evans in March 2010 at a time when it was unclear if fans would be accepting of the actor, who’d already played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four films in 2005 and 2007. Evans himself wasn’t initially sure if he would accept the role after Marvel offered it to him, but eventually he did, beating out stars such as John Krasinski, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Wilson Bethel, Mike Vogel and Chace Crawford. THR reported at the time there was concern Evans wouldn’t accept for another reason: He’d already signed on to the Anna Faris romantic comedy What’s Your Number?, which was scheduled to shoot at the same time as The First Avenger. Evans wound up doing both movies, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige once said it was Evans’ mother who convinced him to take the role.
It’s possible that following Evans’ retirement, another Captain America could rise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, Steve Rogers has been replaced in the past by characters who exist in the MCU such as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie).
Evans makes his final appearance as Captain America in the currently untitled Avengers 4. While Evans’ Captain America had a relatively small amount of screentime in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the writers of that movie and Avengers 4 have said there will be much more Cap in the next installment.
Avengers 4 opens May 3, 2019.
I have Chris appearances from 2017-2015 to the gallery.
Here’s a sexy project making its way into the market to liven up a Sunday. Avengers and Captain America franchise star Chris Evans has been set to lead disaster thriller Greenland, the latest from District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp. Fast-emerging outfit Anton is producing alongside Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk. Anton is co-financing with Riverstone Pictures. STXinternational is handling overseas distribution, presenting the project to buyers here, and will directly distribute in the UK and Ireland. CAA Media Finance arranged the financing and will rep domestic rights alongside Endeavor Content.
Details on Greenland’s plot are being kept close to the vest. It’s the story of a family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. Principal photography is set for the last quarter of 2018.
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