Chris Evans (Captain America) has been added to the list of possible players for a new film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors.
According to Deadline, Evans would reportedly, slip into the leather jacket of sadistic, laughing gas-addicted dentist Orin Scrivello, DDS, a role made famous by Steve Martin back in the 1986 film adaptation of the stage musical.
Evans, who most recently appeared in last year’s Knives Out with Jamie Lee Curtis, is the latest name in the “early talks” game for the film which is slated to be directed by Greg Berlanti. Other names on the list include Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson, and Billy Porter.
The story of Little Shop of Horrors, has a long and interesting history as it moved from a non-musical Roger Corman film to a stage musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid) and then to a film adaptation of that stage musical starring Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Ellen Greene (Pushing Daisies).
It centers on a down-on-his-luck man named Seymour whose life is turned around after he discovered a strange and interesting talking alien plant. When he discovers that the plant craves fresh, preferably human, meat in order to grow, he’s forced into a classic deal with the devil which could end up destroying the world.
The role of the Dentist comes with its own very catchy song, of course.
While some may think this is a strange move for Evans, he has spoken many times about his desire to do a musical and has spoken about participating in musical theater while he was growing up. In fact, he’s mentioned this desire to play this particular role before.
“I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re [remaking] Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?,'” Evans told The Hollywood Reporter last year. “When I first came out here, early 2000s, there were rumblings about Spielberg maybe doing West Side Story. That’s one of my favorite musicals. I did it when I was in high school. And obviously he’s doing it now, and I called my team and they were like, Chris — maybe Krupke. You can’t. You’re too old. It’s so hard to hear.”
While all of this is still in the early stages, they could certainly have an interesting cast on their hands, and who knows, perhaps they’ll go with the original ending this time!
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