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Evans cast as Captain America

Actor Chris Evans arrives for the world premiere of The Loss of A Teardrop Diamond at Roy Thomson Hall during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
Actor Chris Evans arrives for the world premiere of "The Loss of A Teardrop Diamond" at Roy Thomson Hall during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Chris Evans has signed on to play the titular superhero in the upcoming big-screen comic-book adaptation "Captain America," Marvel Entertainment said.

As part of the agreement, Evans will star in at least three "Captain America" movies, starting with "The First Avenger: Captain America," Variety said.

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The first installment in the franchise is to open July 22, 2011, and will feature Hugo Weaving as the villain, Red Skull. Joe Johnston is directing it.

Evans also is to play Captain America in the superhero ensemble picture "The Avengers," the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

The actor previously appeared in two "Fantastic Four" movies based on Marvel comic books.

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