He may be an all-American badass with a flying shield, but when Chris Evans suits up in the stars and stripes uniform to kick Nazi ass come next year, he’ll have a British girlfriend at his side. According to the LATimes, the three leading contenders to play Captain America’s wartime girlfriend Peggy Carter are Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley, and Alice Eve. Of the three, the article says that Marvel has already offered the role to Blunt, but she’s expected to turn it down, leaving Knightley and Eve (the star of the comedy “She’s Out of my League”) as the two primarily candidates.
In comics continuity, Peggy Carter is a resistance fighter and tough gal who fought alongside Captain America during World War II. Her niece, SHIELD agent Sharon Carter later became Cap’s girlfriend when he’s thawed out in the future. Sure, that’s a little creepy, but it’s not like Luke Skywalker lusting after his sister creepy. Even Cap has needs.
Joe Johnston is directing, with Evans as Captain America and Hugo Weaving as his nemesis, the Red Skull. Sebastian Stan was recently cast as Captain America’s sidekick, Bucky Barnes.