‘Marvel’s’ Chris Evans May Be Replaced by This Actor for Upcoming Film
Even though Marvel’s Chris Evans has decided to hang up his Captain America cape, he’s still quite the busy actor. So much so that he recently had to relinquish a role for an upcoming film, and it looks like this Hollywood heavyweight will be filling his shoes.
Box office clout
Negotiations are under way for actor Mark Wahlberg to take Evans’ place in the film Infinite, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The action thriller is adapted from the 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz about a group of near-immortal men and women who are reincarnated over the centuries and known as “the Infinite,” as noted in the article. The group’s only hope in defeating an evil mastermind is to seek the help of a man with schizophrenia, which would be Wahlberg’s role. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script by Ian Shorr. Infinite is scheduled to start production this fall and be released in theaters in August 2020.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wahlberg is a Paramount “favorite,” bringing in box office success for his previous movies for the film company including two Transformers movies, the Daddy’s Home comedy and sequel, and most recently, Instant Family.
Despite no longer being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Evans has a packed shooting schedule. He had to pull out of Infinite due to scheduling conflicts with his Apple TV series, Defending Jacob, as noted by the Hollywood Reporter.
Evans will also serve as executive producer of the series, which is based on the 2012 best-selling novel by William Landay about a father whose 14 year old son is accused of murder.
According to Variety, Evans signed on for the project last year.
Other projects in the works for both actors
Besides potentially taking on the role in Infinite, Wahlberg has also been working on The Six Billion Dollar Man, a film based on the classic 70s television series The Six Million Dollar Man that starred actor Lee Majors. The project has undergone many scheduling and staffing issues, with the release date again being pushed back. Still, Wahlberg told Screenrant that he is determined to make the film. “There was just a big meeting. It’s a matter of finding the right director,” Wahlberg said. “We’ve been close many times… It’s very reminiscent of The Fighter. It’s one of those things where you have to keep pushing, you have to keep plugging away, and eventually, it’ll come together, and hopefully, we’ll be in a situation where I find myself making the best possible version of the movie.”
Evans also has his hands in a lot of other projects outside of the Apple TV series. Deadline reported that he will be starring with Daniel Craig in the murder mystery Knives Out. He will also play an Israeli agent in The Red Sea Diving Resort due out later this year, which also stars Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michiel Huisman, Greg Kinnear, and Ben Kingsley, according to Variety.
It’s clear that Evans will always have a special place in his heart for Captain America and his followers. On the last day of shooting for Avengers: Endgame, he sent out a heartfelt tweet commenting on his time as the superhero. “Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”