Downton’s Jessica Brown Findlay set for ‘Captain America 2’?

Reports suggest the actress is the frontrunner for a role in the Marvel Studios' sequel

Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay is reportedly the front runner to play Captain America’s love interest in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The actress is available to star in the sequel to Marvel Studio’s 2011 smash hit blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger after her Downton character, Lady Sybil Crawley, died in childbirth during the latest series of the ITV show.

However, The Daily Express reports that Brown Findlay will be competing against four other actresses for the role including Game Of Throne‘s Emilia Clarke, Teresa Palmer from I Am Number Four, 24 Weeks Later Imogen Poots and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie.

It is thought Downton Abbey‘s US success gives Jessica Brown Findlay the edge over the other actresses vying for the much sought after role in the blockbuster franchise.

The sequel, titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will begin filming next March (2013) for an April 2014 release. Alongside Chris Evans, who plays the title role, Samuel L Jackson and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles from the first film, while The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie has joined the cast as a fellow superhero called The Falcon.

Evans recently revealed that the sequel will feature deleted scenes from The Avengers. He explained: “A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for Captain America 2. That is his story. It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone… There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with.”