Jeremy Strong made a name for himself in the industry after his critically acclaimed role in the HBO series Succession. According to some of the recently released details of Strong’s career, he was almost on the verge of playing a brace for Chris Evans in the first Captain America film. When the news surfaced, one of the first people to react immediately was our Steve Rogers himself.
Chris Evans and Jeremy Strong have been linked for a long time. They were both classmates in high school. Additionally, Evans’ sister was one of his co-stars in the children’s theater group, and he and Evans later performed opposite each other in a production of Dream of a summer night.
Jeremy Strong almost got cast in the MCU
It is interesting of a fact that the Succession star could have been part of the MCU. Although not directly as a superhero, Jeremy Strong was nearly cast as Chris Evans’ weak version of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Strong revealed that he had lost a role in Cowboys and aliens led by the Iron Man director Jon Favreau. Following the rejection, the actor was approached for a role in the first Captain America film. The actor was considered to play the stupid version of Steve Rogers whose face would be changed with that of Evans in post-production.
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However, at that time, Jeremy Strong was not doing very well economically and admitted to having thought long and hard about whether or not to take on the role:
“They needed someone to play Captain America’s young body, before he became a superhero. They said they needed a transformational actor and would use CGI to put the face and the real actor voice over mine.
But after that, the actor was given a role in a play that made him say no to Marve’s work, even after careful consideration:
“I thought about it. But that’s my LA story. It was never going to happen for me here. I didn’t feel like what I had to offer was valued. And the next day I went back to New York and did a play about an Afghan veteran in a wheelchair during the 2003 blackout.”
Who knows, but following the realization of the zero dark thirty actor, maybe we can spot him one day in the frames of the MCU.
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Response from Chris Evans to Jeremy Strong
Chris Evans’ career owes a lot to his portrayal of Steve Rogers in the MCU. The role shaped his career into one of the most recognizable faces in the industry. Starting with Captain America: The First Avenger, he continued to play the role until Avengers: Endgame.
Upon hearing the news of Jeremy Strong’s potential MCU debut, the actor claimed he didn’t know and acknowledged that everything that happened was for good. He is extremely happy that Strong is getting the fame he has always deserved.
“Oh no! It just goes to show that the industry is so unpredictable. But I’m so glad things went well, because I don’t think there was ever a plan B for Jeremy.
Jeremy Strong has really struggled a lot to advance in his career. On several occasions, he has participated in some of the best projects in the industry. He was part of films such as lincoln, Dark Zero Thirty, and armageddon time. He is also well known for his portrayal of Kendall Roy in the Succession series for which he also received a Primetime Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe.
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Succession focuses on the Roy family and is renewed for a fourth season due out mid-2023.
All seasons of Succession can be streamed on HBO Max.
Source: The Sunday Times