(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
With Antony Mackie recently announced to be playing the role of Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel, the attention has moved on to finding a female lead, which is now down to three frontrunners – Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots – it has been reported this week.
With Chris Evans reprising his role as Captain America, the sequel, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and subtitled The Winter Soldier, follows Steve Rogers and his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D, as he struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.
So what’s the female role for? According to sources it’s likely to be the part of Sharon Carter, a key player in the Winter Soldier run of comics and the niece of Peggy Carter, who was played in the first film by Hayley Atwell.
Personally, my choice for the lead would be Anna Kendrick. Although she started off by making a name for herself in the Twilight franchise, Kendrick has come a long way and over the last year, especially, and has a number of more emotion-lead roles in films such as 50/50 and What To Expect When You’re Expecting.
Felicity Jones may have the awards behind her name – winning three for her performance in last year’s indie romance Like Crazy alongside Anton Yelchin – but I’m not sure that she could pull off the leading lady in a superhero flick.
Even though I really enjoyed her role in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant‘s feature Cemetery Junction, I think the female lead in Captain America wouldn’t suit her acting style.
As for Imogen Poots, I feel she’s still yet to give her breakout performance, although she did give a strong performance as the lead in last year’s comedy horror Fright Night, also alongside Anton Yelchin, so maybe this could be a chance for her to win the audience over.
Whatever the case, we’re sure to hear some confirmations soon.
With production on the picture expected to get underway by the end of the year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be released in April 2014.