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Evans 'to play Captain America'

Chris Evans
Evans' other films include The Nanny Diaries and Push

Actor Chris Evans is to play Captain America in an upcoming Marvel film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Evans was offered the role in The First Avenger: Captain America last week, the trade paper reports.

Evans has already played a high profile superhero role - as Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch, in Fox's Fantastic Four films.

Evans' agent and Marvel have declined to comment. Shooting on the film is set to begin this summer.

War hero

The First Avenger: Captain America, directed by Joe Johnston, is due for release in the UK on 22 July, 2011.

Captain America was first thought up to help encourage patriotic feeling during World War II.

The superhero first appeared nine months before the Pearl Harbor bombings, punching Adolf Hitler on the cover of the comic's first issue.

Since then, Marvel has sold more than 200 million copies of Captain America magazine in 75 countries.

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