Insiders tell Fox 411 that he’s appeared numerous times in front of producers since the start of the year. "John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests," says the source. "He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week."
The Marvel bosses are pretty set on him, and now they need to find him a female counterpart. "The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads. They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else."
The insider continued. "It's a surprise and we are bracing ourselves for 'that guy from 'The Office'' to land Captain America. They are not really looking at the other guys, so it's time to get ready to work with him."
And this sounds like a job that will keep on giving! The insider says, "If John gets offered the role, the pay will not be outrageous but it would be a multi-film deal. Marvel has big plans to tie the movies together and John would have parts in all of them since the first Captain America will be an origin story. The movie will break down how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America.”
We’d love to see John break out of the usual comedic roles he’s used to. Can you see Jim Halpert as Captain America?