Casting update! Neal McDonough is in talks to join the impressive cast of Marvel Studio’s upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger project.
If negotiations work out, McDonough would play Dum Dum Dugan, “an officer of S.H.I.E.L.D.and in the same time, one of the most experienced members of Nick Fury’s team, known for his marksmanship with rifles and for his impressive physique”.
Captain America: The First Avenger, an upcoming project directed by Joe Johnston, from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, already stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones.
In the Marvel comic books on which the movie is based, Dum Dum Dugan was “a circus strongman who helped Nick Fury escape the Nazis, he later joined the British army. When Fury formed his elite team of “Howling Commandos,” he made Dugan his second in command.
With his trademark derby, Dum Dum frequently struck fear into the Nazi and Japanese enemies in mission after mission. Such were the Howling Commandos feared by the Third Reich, a counter squad of elite fighters, the Blitzkrieg Squad was formed, and among their number, bar room brawler Siegfried, whose story of defeating six men with his bare hands made it to the ears of Von Strucker, was chosen to stand against Dum Dum Dugan.”
And check Captain America: The First Avenger synopsis: Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment…
Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America.
Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.
Captain America: The First Avenger is set to start filming in July in England while July 22, 2011 is set for a release date. Stay tuned!