At this point, Chris Evans is pretty much only capable of being looked at as a superhero. First, he was Johnny Storm, a.k.a The Human Torch in Fantastic Four and its sequel. Then, he shone as the star of Captain America: The First Avenger, a role he’ll be reprising in next years The Avengers. And now, he’s heading up the new superhero move called The Iceman, wherein he’ll battle enemies with his winter breath and sub-zero rays and ability to…oh, wait, what? The Iceman isn’t a superhero movie? It’s a drama about a contract killer? Well, I just assumed. You know, because of Evans…Okay, I guess this could still be pretty cool.
Evans is taking over the role formerly occupied by James Franco: Robert “Mr. Softee” Pronge, mentor to the titular “Iceman” figure, the real life murderer Richard Kuliski. Kuliski is being portrayed by Boardwalk Empire‘s terrific Michael Shannon.
The project, directed by Ariel Vromen, is based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, by Anthony Bruno.
So no, it’s not a superhero movie. No, it’s not a Top Gun sequel. It’s not even an adaptation Eugene O’Neill’s esteemed Broadway play. But it still looks to be a pretty good movie.