Captain America: The Winter Soldier Casting Female Lead

With production aiming to begin in March of 2013, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier is working on casting a new female lead. Deadline has an alleged short list of five actresses reading for the part and suggests that Scarlett Johansson will also appear as the Black Widow.

Though the new female character is not yet confirmed, it is said to be a romantic interest to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. Fans of the comics know that the odds point to the role being that of Sharon Carter. Originally the sister of Peggy Carter (played in Captain America: The First Avenger by Hayley Atwell), Sharon was later retconned to be Peggy’s niece.

The list of names includes Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Alison Brie (The Five-Year Engagement).

Brie has actually worked with directors Anthony and Joe Russo before as, between them, they’ve helmed over two dozen episodes of “Community.”

Whoever is cast will join Evans as Rogers and Anthony Mackie, cast in the role of Sam “Falcon” Wilson.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on April 4, 2014.

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