Add Channing Tatum to the list of actors being considered for the role of Captain America.
The co-star of the recent weepie Dear John now joins soap star Wilson Blethel and Mike Vogel, who have screen-tested, as well as Chris Evans, who has read for the part. Marvel Studios is also still keen on Garrett Hedlund.
At this stage Tatum, who just wrapped filming on the Steven Soderbergh action flick Knockout, has only been approached for the role and has not seen a script. The actor played Duke in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but despite that movie doing modestly at the box office, fanboy reaction was muted and its viability as a franchise is set on neutral.
Tatum certainly has the heft for Captain America, but can he play the 44kg weakling alter ego Steve Rogers was before taking the super-serum which turns him into a perfect human specimen?
Casting for other roles in the Captain America movie is just as hot. The search is on for the female lead, rumored to be for the part of Betsy Ross. Keira Knightley was approached last week, but the studio is also looking at other actresses. (Hollywood Reporter)