We may have our first look at the story for The First Avenger: Captain America, the movie adaptation of the iconic Marvel Comics hero, and it's encouraging to fans of the franchise.
A casting notice posted on Feature Film Casting reveals that the movie is in preproduction for a June 28 start, with a release date of July 22, 2011. Here's the story summary (spoilers!):
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-Soldier 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.
The story, of course, is just preliminary and subject to change and doesn't include crucial information such as the film's villain. Still, it's something.
What do you think?
Stay tuned for casting news soon!
(Thanks to Collider.com for pointing the way.)