If we’ve learned anything, a Hollywood studio’s search to find their next big superhero is almost as grueling as the one to find the leading lady. And when you strictly in the business of superheros, it seems to take quite some time. So, when it comes to Marvel and who they’ll pick to star next to Chris Evans in the next Captain America, it’s been a remarkably long process, but after many rumored names, it looks like we finally have our lead.

While Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Emilia Clarke, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Alison Brie all rumored for the gig, it turns out it went to none of them. Instead, Marvel is going with the star of a number of TV shows, including Revenge and Everwood, Emily VanCamp. For those of us that strictly live in the film world, we may have recognized her alongside Chris Pine in Carriers, as well as The Ring Two.

This project, however, will easily be her biggest role yet, as she is rumored to take the role of Sharon Carter, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, casual girlfriend of our lead, as well as having a familial connection to Peggy Carter (who was portrayed by Hayley Atwell, who will not return this time around). Atwell showed some serious spunk and charisma in the previous film, a welcome change of pace for this genre, so hopefully VanCamp can do the same.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will star Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and hit theaters on April 4th, 2014.

What do you think of VanCamp’s casting?

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