Evans will portray dentist Orin Scrivello, the role played by Steve Martin in the 1986 film of the same name.

Chris Evans is in negotiations to play a key character in Little Shop of Horrors, a new big-screen take of the cult movie turned Broadway musical being directed by Greg Berlanti.

Warner Bros. is behind the project and has been in discussion with actors Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson since last fall for the two leading roles of Seymour and Audrey in the horror comedy, with Billy Porter already signed up as the voice of the carnivorous plant Audrey 2.

The original The Little Shop of Horrors is a 1960 horror comedy film directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a dark comedy about an inadequate florist’s assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human blood. The 1986 iteration was a horror comedy musical film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, which in turn was based on the 1960 film.

Evans will play the role of dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive and sadistic boyfriend, who finds great pleasure in his chosen profession. The role is flashy (the character loves to use laughing gas) and comes with the scene-stealing signature song, “Dentist!”

If Johansson signs on, this will reunite her and Evans, with whom each actor starred in multiple Captain America and Avengers movies.

Marc Platt, Sarah Schechter and Berlanti are producing the new adaptation, which is set to shoot this summer.

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