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  • FOX411 Exclusive: 'Captain America' role is John Krasinski's to lose, source says

    (Reuters)

    (Reuters)

    John Krasinski is getting even closer to nabbing the role that could propel him into action hero stardom … Captain America!

    Insiders at the Marvel compound tell Fox 411 that he is close to landing the superhero gig of his life.  John, who plays Jim on “The Office,” has appeared in front of producers repeatedly since the start of the new year and since rumors began in February.

    “John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests,” our source tells us.  ”He has screen tested 2 times so far.  It’s very likely that he will be the new Captain America.  He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week.”

    At this point, Krasinski is the main focus at Marvel.

    “The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads.  They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else.”

    Unfortunately, “The Office” star is not the chosen one for many comic fans who work for Marvel.

    “It’s a surprise and we are bracing ourselves for ‘that guy from ‘The Office” to land Captain America.  They are not really looking at the other guys, so it’s time to get ready to work with him.”

    “If John gets offered the role, the pay will not be outrageous but it would be a multi-film deal.  Marvel has big plans to tie the movies together and John would have parts in all of them since the first Captain America will be an origin story.  The movie will break down how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. ”

    “The First Avenger: Captain America” is slated to be released by Paramount on July 22, 2011.

    -Kelly Will

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