Captain America casting rumors: Ryan Phillippe speaks!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Ryan Phillippe confirmed that he is one of the actors in consideration for the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in Marvel's The First Avenger: Captain America.

While he appeared on a panel for the comedy MacGruber at the South by Southwest Film Festival, we got up and asked Phillippe if he was game for the franchise and crossover movies that would come with Captain America. Phillippe hinted that he's been far enough along in talks that even his kids are getting excited.

"Yeah, I would," Phillippe said on March. 16 in Austin, Texas. "My son would looove it. He's 6 years old."

It's not just for the kids, though. Phillippe indicated he's gunning for the part himself. "I'm really into it," he said. "We'll see what happens, but yeah, it'd be fun."

Phillippe played it cool when we followed up about what stage in talks he was at. He seemed like he'd been prepped enough by Marvel to be cautious. The panel was open to all film festival attendees, but Phillippe knew there were press in the audience.

"Uh, which Web site do you work for?" Phillippe asked.

New reports also have Channing Tatum as the newest candidate. John Krasinski was passed over. Phillippe encouraged his fans to keep up with casting news, because there's likely to be some news.

"Keep checking the Web, I guess," he teased.