Robert Redford Says He Will Be Playing the “Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

     April 2, 2013


A couple weeks ago, Robert Redford joined the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  At the time, I joked with friends that by the end of shooting, Redford would be playing Captain America since the actor is notorious for strong-arming his way to larger and more glorified roles (e.g. The Hot Zone and The Last Castle).  Turns out my joke may have been half-true since today Redford said he’s playing “The Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”  So in one fell swoop, Redford is now running S.H.I.E.L.D., and I believe it’s cruel to take a job from a half-blind man.

Joking aside, hit the jump for what Redford could have meant “Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” when it appears that position has already been filled.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in 3D on April 4, 2014.

robert-redfordSpeaking to Spinoff, Redford was quoted as saying about his role, “Well, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He went on to reiterate his previous comment about the role’s appeal being “something different”:

“The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess.”

If we’re going to play the speculation game, it’s possible that Redford played the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the World War II era as the original “Nick Fury” (assuming “Nick Fury” is a cover identity in the Marvel Movie Universe).  It’s also possible that he’s the boss of present-day Nick Fury (Jackson), although in The Avengers it looked like that job belonged to the “World Security Council” headed by Powers Boothe.  It’s also cruel to take away a job from Powers Boothe.

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  • chad vaughn

    I dunno who he’s playing, but he woulda been a helluva Cap in 1970.

  • Chris

    Nothing’s impossible, but I doubt he’s playing some “original” form of Nick Fury. It seems more likely that he’ll be playing a superior of Fury’s. Fury may be calling the shots in the field, but it’s totally possible that there’s people above him within the organization, even if he dealt directly with the WSC in The Avengers.

  • Wega

    Well, if you get the chance to ask, ask him if that means he’s playing A VILLAIN. Are the rights to Norman Osbourne exclusive of Sony?

    • Jones

      I like where this is going. If he was playing Osbourne, the movie could end with him shutting down SHIELD and turning it into HAMMER… oh wait a sec…
      Like the idea, but its not gonna happen, even if they had the rights to Osbourne. But maybe he’s playing some other villain that’s working for SHIELD, who betrays them halfway through the movie. Who knows, still too early to say :)

      • Doug

        Norman Osbourne is in The Amazing Spider Man 2 with Chris Cooper playing him, so I would assume that Sony holds those rights

  • Jamesy

    Caps father…

    • Zack


  • Wega

    Well, if you get the chance to ask, ask him if that means he\’s playing A VILLAIN. Are the rights to Norman Osbourne exclusive of Sony?

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