Since passing on his shield and retiring as Captain America in Avengers: Endgame last year, Chris Evans has been one of few actors who seem to be flourishing outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Not only has the actor already starred in the critically acclaimed ensemble piece Knives Out, but now it seems that Evans is being considered to take on the role of Orin Scrivello, DDS in Greg Berlanti’s reboot of the 1986 cult-hit musical Little Shop of Horrors. This comes from a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally created as an off-Broadway production by the then unknown duo of composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, Little Shop was adapted as a movie directed by Frank Oz. It starred Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and the voice of Levi Stubbs as the carnivorous fly-trap alien plant Audrey II, who plans to pollinate the planet and wipe out humanity.
The character of Orin Scrivello was a secondary antagonist role and the abusive lover of leading lady Audrey before being fed to Audrey II by Audrey’s friend and love interest Seymour. He’s known for his hilariously iconic musical number “The Dentist”, watch it below to see what Chris Evans might be up for.
While Steve Martin made the role iconic in the original movie, the potential that Chris Evans could present in taking on both a villainous and musical role despite never really taking on either previously may be too much for attached director Berlanti to resist, let alone the audience he would bring to the movie given his MCU fanbase.
But it isn’t just Evans who will be making the jump from Marvel to musical as co-star Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in negotiations to portray the long-suffering Audrey. Additionally, Rocketman star Taron Egerton is also in talks to portray leading man Seymour and Pose star Billy Porter is currently attached to voice the villainous Audrey II.
Developed by Warner Bros, it has yet to be confirmed exactly when this cult musical remake will start filming or hit theatres.
Other characters yet to be cast include shop owner Mr. Mushnik and the three chorus girls known by fans as the “Doo-Wop Girls” who are the only three visible characters of colour in the original movie.
What do you think of the proposed cast? Do you want a remake of Little Shop of Horrors?