It's a surprisingly difficult casting choice: who should play the lead in the upcoming superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier? At first, one might think, 'Who cares?' But just wait until you hear the casting pool.
Contenders for the as-yet-unspecified female lead in the Marvel sequel include such names as Jessica Findlay, Teresa Palmer and Imogen Poots. But those actresses, while great (or unknown), aren't my favorite on the list.
How about Community's Alison Brie (pictured left)? How about Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke (right)?
Both actresses are just great (and I admit I might have a bit of a crush on both), and to see their names in contention for the lead in an upcoming blockbuster film is just great -- because it might just make one of them a big name star.
Of the two, Alison Brie has the longer resume. The 29-year-old actress is well-known for playing Annie Edison on NBC's comedy series Community, but she also appears as Trudy Campbell on AMC's critically acclaimed series Mad Men. For fans of quality television, she's hard to miss, and with supporting roles in films such as The Five-Year Engagement and Scream 4, she's proven that she has the chops to act on the big screen. The lead in a follow-up to 2012's highest grossing movie (The Avengers) might be the final little push she needs to become a successful film actress. And you know what? I'd love to see that.
On the other hand, Emilia Clarke has almost nothing to her resume. Aside from a one-off appearance on a British soap opera and a lead role in a Syfy movie of the week, Clarke had been in nothing prior to being cast in the pivotal role on HBO's Game of Thrones. She hasn't done much since, either, save for an appearance in the film Overdrive (haven't heard of it either) and next year's documentary Spike Island. So, just as getting a lead role on Game of Thrones was a big leap for the previously unknown Clarke, a leap to Captain America: The Winter Soldier could be the next step in an apparently meteoric rise. And you know what? The 25-year-old actress deserves some success (as though Game of Thrones wasn't enough).
It's a tough decision, of course. Both actresses are fantastic, though personally, I think I'd much rather see Brie get the role. With Community (unfortunately) likely to be cancelled, and Game of Thrones sticking around for the foreseeable future, it seems only right that Brie should nab that role and get the stardom she deserves.
(Here's a fun fact: prior to being cast in Game of Thrones, Tudors star Natalie Dormer had an appearance as a romantic prospect for Captain America in last year's Captain America: The First Avenger.)
What do you think? Who should get the role? Let us know in the comments section below!