Chris Evans is set to play Gene Kelly in a new movie.
The 40-year-old actor is rumored to play the ‘Singin’ in the Rain ‘icon in the untitled new film, based on an original idea conceived by the Captain America actor.
The project involves a 12-year-old boy who works on the MGM grounds in 1952 and begins to form an imaginary friendship with Gene as he works on his next film.
No studio is currently attached to the film, but Deadline is reporting that Chris will be producing alongside Mark Kassen.
Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T-Street Productions are also associated as a producer, with Oscar nominee John Logan writing the screenplay.
The new film will be a reunion for Evans, Johnson and Bergman as they all worked together on the hit crime film “Knives Out”.
Chris played superhero Steve Rogers / Captain America in 11 Marvel movies, but admits he’s thrilled to pursue other roles after his decision to hang up his cape.
He said: “I absolutely loved my time with Marvel; I miss it already, but there’s no denying that it’s very exciting to have complete freedom to pursue whatever my creative appetite wants.”
Chris also spoke of the “huge wait” he felt to do justice to superheroes on the big screen.
The ‘Don’t Look Up’ star said, “There was this huge expectation that these people already had in their minds, this idea of who this character was, and you have to respect that.
“The public is part of what will [these films] work, and I owe this group my understanding of what they are seeing. “