First Look: Chris Evans as Captain America

UPDATED: Here’s your first look at Chris Evans as Captain America in “Captain America: The First Avengers” via the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, now updated with high-res photos released by the studio. Also along for the ride, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull (minus Red Skull, er, skull), and other looks at the Captain, er, shirtless. Hey ladies!

The article also has more on the film’s storyline:

The movie — which also serves to set up Marvel’s 2012 superhero team-up, The Avengers — hews closely to Captain America’s WWII-era origins. The year is 1942, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny lad who desperately wants to fight Nazis for his country but can’t because he’s been deemed physically unfit. His fate — and his physique — is radically transformed when he signs up for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation that turns wimps into studs using drugs and assorted sci-fi hoo-ha. There’s a love interest (Major Peggy Carter, played Haley Atwell), there’s a sidekick (Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stans), and there’s the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract (comic fans know it better as The Cosmic Cube). “The interesting thing about this character is that he’s an everyman who in the course of a few minutes become a perfect human specimen. That has to create some interesting personal issues,” says Johnston. “I saw it as an opportunity to make a superhero movie that felt real, that didn’t have to rely on an overabundance of fantasy elements.”

“Captain America: The First Avenger”, starring Chris Evans, smashes Nazi scum July 22, 2011.