Hayley Atwell to join ‘Captain America’

Thesp joins Chris Evans in Marvel, Paramount pic

Hayley Atwell has landed the role of Captain America’s love interest in Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures’ “The First Avenger: Captain America.”

Chris Evans plays the star-spangled superhero in the pic. It starts lensing this summer in England, with Joe Johnston directing.

Film will focus on the early days of Steve Rogers as a volunteer in an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier known as Captain America.

Atwell will play Peggy Carter, who in Marvel’s comicbooks is an American spy handy with a gun. She falls in love with Captain America as the two fight together against the Nazis during World War II.

Marvel also had been eyeing Keira Knightley for the role, but opted for Atwell, whose film credits include “The Duchess,” “Brideshead Revisited” and “Cassandra’s Dream.” She will next be seen in Starz’s miniseries “Pillars of the Earth,” which bows on July 23.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned the script for “Captain America,” which Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce, with Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito serving as exec producers.

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