“The Office’s” John Krasinski Favored To Play Captain America

Sorry, Dane Cook: John Krasinski, best known as straightlaced Jim on NBC’s The Office, is thisclose to nabbing the biggest role of his young career: Captain America.

Insiders at Marvel Entertainment tell FOX News’ 411 Column that Krasinski is on the verge of nabbing a role in The First Avenger: Captain America, scheduled to be released by Paramount on July 22, 2011.

“John has read 4 times and is doing screen tests,” says the Marvel spy. “He has screen tested 2 times so far. It’s very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week.”

At this point, Krasinski is the main focus at Marvel. The insider said the pay would “not be outrageous” for the original story film, but note that a box office blockbuster could result in multiple sequels.

“The big bosses are having him read with multiple actresses up for the female leads. They want to lock down the role and then they will narrow down everyone else….”