Rumor: Will Smith Might Have Been Offered Captain America

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By  · Published on September 8th, 2008

Hot off the news that former Bel Air Royalty Will Smith might be strapping on his Nemes Headdress to star in The Last Pharaoh, another rumor is (soon to be) spreading through the tubes of the internet like something that moves incredibly quickly.

According to MTV’s Splash Page, Smith may have been offered the blue and red tights for Marvel’s upcoming “Captain America” adaptation. The quote comes from actor Derek Luke during an interview regarding his new movie Miracle at St. Anna:

I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America.’

That’s about as direct as it gets, but as far as whether the quote has any weight, it seems to have just enough to get fans talking. Of course, it seems rational – Smith is a giant star that can carry a brand, he’s appeared in tights before, and he’s got the sort of handsome, square-jawed look that would work really well for playing Captain America.

Reportedly, he can also hurl a magical, discus-shaped shield over three miles. Enough to earn him an Oscar nod.

So at this point it’s only possible that the offer was made, but even so, it would be really cool to see Smith play Steve Rogers. I’m not sure who else out there would make a better or more high-profile choice.

Besides, wouldn’t it be cool to see Hancock clean up his act and go all Silver Age on us?

What do you think? Any interest in seeing Smith play Captain America?

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