Marvel Comics has revealed its short list of actors who are being considered for the titular role of Steve Rogers in the new Captain America movie. The Office‘s John Krasinski is the best known of the six actors currently under consideration – others include Scott Porter (Caprica), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (The 4400).

Gossip Girl‘s Chance Crawford was rumored to be in talks as well, but but his name was not on the short list released Wednesday. Captain America, created for Timely Comics by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, is one of the best-known comic book superheroes of all time. The film, currently titled The First Avenger: Captain America, will be directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, Jurassic Park III) and is slated for release in 2011. –JOE GALBO

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