Dreams do come true!
After years of hoping to nab a musical role, The Hollywood Reporter released an exclusive that Chris Evans is in talks to play the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello in the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors — and we can’t wait to hear his rendition of “Dentist!”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Evans specified this very role as one he’d love to play: “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 took to Twitter to share his toothy excitement.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 24, 2020
Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of Seymour, a florist who is secretly in love with his co-worker at the flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik, Audrey (who happens to be Orin Scrivello’s girlfriend). He earns a name for himself after discovering Audrey II, a Venus Flytrap that demands to be fed human blood, and then humans entirely.
After his turn from the righteous Steve Rogers to the not-so-upstanding Ransom Drysdale in Knives Out, watching him go full on sinister has all of us on our toes and paying attention … and a little excited. Speaking of Ransom, will Orin’s leather jacket be Evans’ next cable knit sweater? Only time will (hopefully) tell.
Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to play the leads of Seymour and Audrey respectively, and Billy Porter is confirmed to be voicing the murderous plant, Audrey II.
This would be the ninth collaboration between Johansson and Evans, who have starred together in The Perfect Score, The Nanny Diaries, and multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films as Captain America Steve Rogers and Black Widow Natasha Romanoff.
Little Shop of Horrors will be directed by Greg Berlanti, produced by Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, and Marc Platt, and is set to start shooting this summer.
You can see Evans in his newest project, the Apple TV+ mini-series Defending Jacob, beginning April 24 on Apple TV+, and check out his newest endeavor, his political TL;DR website A Starting Point on March 15.