Robert De Niro to Play Vince Lombardi

But it looks like no John Krasinski for Captain America
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2010 9:58 AM CST
In this Nov. 5, 2009 file photo, actor Robert De Niro arrives at the 18th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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(Newser) – Robert De Niro is set to play NFL coach Vince Lombardi, but—in more casting news from a different film—the role of Captain America is still up for grabs. Though a Marvel insider told Fox, "We are bracing ourselves for 'that guy from The Office' to land Captain America," Deadline reports John Krasinski is out of the running, and only two original contenders—Mike Vogel from Cloverfield and Garrett Hedlund from Tron: Legacy—are still under consideration for the superhero role.

Meanwhile, ESPN announced De Niro will play the title role in Lombardi, tentatively scheduled for 2012, the AP reports. The film will focus on the Hall of Fame coach transforming the NFL's worst team, the Green Bay Packers, into league champions.

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