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Keira Knightley Skips 'Captain America', Alice Eve Is Frontrunner

April 8, 2010 (3:49 am) GMT
Though Knightley has joined Emily Blunt to skip the project, Eve now has to compete with Hayley Atwell who reportedly also has screen testing for the female lead role.
Keira Knightley Skips 'Captain America', Alice Eve Is Frontrunner

After finding the depicters of Captain America and his buddy Bucky Barnes, Marvel Studios is currently looking for the leading lady in "The First Avenger: Captain America". Latest news mentions that the studio has nailed down their options to two actresses, and , who are said joining screen-testing for the second time in London on Thursday, April 8.

Eve has been earlier mentioned on the short-list, but Atwell's name has just emerged per E! Online's report. and were previously also on the running but the "" star has turned down the offer to be Peggy Carter, the love interest of the titular character, allegedly to take a part in upcoming "Batman 3". The "Pirates of the Caribbean" beauty reportedly has also skipped the Marvel's project but the reason has not been revealed yet.

Eve has just appeared in romantic comedy "" and will be seen as Molly McCleish in upcoming "". Meanwhile, Atwell who had a role in 2009 miniseries "" will likely star opposite in a Broadway revival of the play "Born Yesterday".

"The First Avenger: Captain America" revolves around Steve Rogers military service washout who volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America and tries to fit in his new image. takes the lead role, joined by as Bucky Barnes. is said in talks to be villainous Red Skull in the superhero movie which is set for July 22, 2011 U.S. release.

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