April 14, 2010 at 08:58 PM EDT

Marvel’s latest superhero flick The First Avenger: Captain America is coming together quickly. British actress Hayley Atwell, best known for her role opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell in Woody Allen’s 2007 flick Cassandra’s Dream, will play Cap’s love interest Peggy Carter. The news first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter. Atwell, 22, also starred opposite Matthew Goode in the British film Brideshead Revisited. She nabbed the role after screen-testing in London last week.

In the original comics, Carter fell in love with Captain America when they fought together in the war. Marvel says the character will be updated for director Joe Johnston’s big-screen version of the film, which stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Super Solider, a.k.a. Captain America. The movie is scheduled to begin filming in London this summer. The film will be released in July 2011.

Atwell can next be seen in Starz’s 8-part miniseries Pillars of the Earth.

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