UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre to Play Batroc the Leaper in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Another cast member has been added to the ensemble of Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  We recently learned the surprising news that Robert Redford is in negotiations to play a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officer in the follow-up, and now it appears that another villain is being added to the ranks.  Sebastian Stan is already set to return as the titular soldier and Frank Grillo is poised to play the angatonist Crossbones, but now word comes that the villain Batroc the Leaper will also be appearing onscreen with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre reportedly tapped to bring him to life.  Hit the jump for more.

batroc-the-leaperThe folks over at Latino Review are reporting that Georges St-Pierre, a Canadian mixed martial artist and UFC Welterweight Champion, has been cast in the role of Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Here’s what Marvel has to say about the character:

Batroc has no superhuman powers, but he is one of the most formidable unarmed combatants in the world. He has mastered numerous martial arts and is perhaps the world’s leading master of savate, the French art of foot-fighting. He is an accomplished thief and smuggler with extensive military training. He currently carries a pair of whip-canes, which he uses with great skill.

Batroc posses immense leg strength that allows him to leap great distances (hence the name) and is also an Olympic weightlifter, so it’s clear that Marvel was keen on casting someone who could bring the character’s physical abilities to life in a realistic manner.  It’s unknown how directors Joe and Anthony Russo plan on using the character in The Winter Soldier, but given the already crowded ensemble one assumes Batroc won’t have the largest of roles.  Production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to get underway in May in anticipation of the film’s April 4, 2014 release date.

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  • amg907

    I approve of this.

    GSP!!!

    • Shaun

      Especially if Cap defeats him with delicious Hostess Fruit Pies!

  • Scurvy

    Very interesting news. Should be interesting to see GSP standing next to Chris Evans since GSP is a VERY optimistic 5’10.

    • Matt

      Would be more interesting to see GSP and Evans mix it up for real.

      Batroc is a pretty funny dude. Hopefully he gets to crack a few one-liners.

      • Cpt. Hindsight

        GSP is not impressed with your performance…uh…he’d fucking murder Evans in about 1 minute. He’d scoop ‘em up, dump him, then have him in an arm bar or an rnc in no time flat. Unless he just wanted to stand and completely demolish his face with jabs. There’s looking like u can fight in movies but size and fake fighting don’t mean shit to a top tier athlete that literally dominates every single fight he gets in. He’d totally murder Chrisy.

    • Hmm

      More like it should be interesting to see Georges standing next to Anderson Silva since the Spider is two inches taller than Evans.

  • Stinky

    GSP is a good choice. Obviously he’s not being hired for his acting chops. Probably won’t have many lines. Better than hiring an actor and sending them to a martial arts boot camp.

  • Matty

    More interested in seeing if GSP can get the more comedic parts of the role across.

  • Ok

    Haha I do love how Marvel fans have no reason to be skeptical, but this sounds a little corny. I also love how Marvel can take corny and turn it into intrigue. If I have to choose one over the other, I really hope Drax is well performed. I could care less about the Batroc portrayal.

  • Ur mom

    I love GSP!! Just heard it on the news. I never seen him act before, so I’m very curious about this. :-)

  • Gen

    “Cap has no idea how dark I am in my head zometimes.”

    • Something only funny to UFC fans

      Now johny hendricks will be all pissy and say that GSP ducked him to fight Captain America.

      GSP: ‘I thought Captain was the best guy right now so I give him da shot”

      • Chuck Finley

        When GSP wraps on the film Johnny gets injured and Ellenburger gets the fight. GSP wins but then gets cast in the Roadhouse remake. Hendricks cant win haha!

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