March 22, 2013


Here’s your WTF story of the week: Robert Redford may be starring in a Marvel movie.  Reports have surfaced that Redford is in talks to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a “senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D.”  This is a major get for Marvel, as Redford has relegated himself to acting solely in smaller indie fare or his own directorial projects for the past few years, with his last starring role in a “Hollywood” film that he didn’t direct being Tony Scott’s 2001 thriller Spy Game.  Given that Kevin Feige recently described The Winter Soldier as a “political thriller,” Redford should fit right in with the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew. Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Redford popping up in other Marvel movies.

robert-redford-captain-america-the-winter-soldierAs S.H.I.E.L.D. has a presence in nearly all of Marvel’s films, Deadline notes that Redford is also likely to pop up in films other than The Winter Soldier.  My initial thinking is that this might be laying the groundwork for Redford’s S.H.I.E.L.D. character to have a significant role in The Avengers 2, but that’s purely conjecture on my part.  It’s no secret that Marvel likes to lock down their actors into multi-film contracts, but one assumes a deal with the Robert Redford is a tad different.  It would be kind of great to see the “Sundance Kid” pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy, though.

Production on The Winter Soldier is expected to get underway imminently, with Chris Evans returning as the titular Cap flanked by newcomers Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Frank Grillo (The Grey) as Crossbones, and Emily VanCamp (Revenge) as the film’s female lead.  Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo will direct, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4, 2014.


  • Ann

    Is he replacing Powers Boothe in his role in The Avengers?

  • burlivesleftnut

    The elder Dum Dum Dugan.

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  • Bob

    Great news, he’s a welcome addition to the Marvel Universe and it will be great seeing him interact with Jackson.

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  • JK1193

    Along with Spy Game, Redford’s last giant Hollywood role was a voice-over for a horse in 2006′s Charlotte’s Web.

  • Chris

    Wow, that would be amazing, I hope they can get him for Avengers 2 as well!

  • Django9000

    Maybe he’ll be the elder, caucasian & patch-eyed Nick Fury. … Would this really be that unthinkable?

    They STILL have yet to explain how Nick Fury can have a long-standing reputation as “THE Spy” (in Tony Stark’s words) , and yet still remains young well into the 2nd decade of the 21st Century …

    Maybe Nick Fury’s just like Menudo. And they replace him every couple years, to freshen things up.
    (Not to be confused with the James Bonds. This is Menudo. ME-NU-DO. It kinda, like, MEANS something, people…)

  • spongefist

    Captain America was shit, utterly shit. Do anything different, even a blank screen for 2 hours would be better.

    • Joe_Green

      You mean…Dark Knight Rises!!

  • apu42

    He could play a russian communist he’s perfect for the role of sadistic character that matches his own personality

    • Tigersense

      My thoughts exactly. Redford has never hidden his loathing of America and capitalism. It irks me that he would be considered any role in a movie about such a nationlist character.
      Maybe he feels he can help destroy the image of Captain America and make him a more of a globalist Super-hero, like was attempted in Superman Returns.

    • Anon Nemo

      I agree.
      If the role has him kissing killers (castro, chavez, et al.), he will rock!.
      Maybe he can defame America in the film as he does in real life :)
      Oooo, I cant wait!
      Seriously; if he is in the film, I will NEVER see it.

  • AFistfulOfDollars

    So, Edgar Wright said a while back that the Ant-Man movie was gonna cut between Hank Pym in the 60′s and Scott Lang in the present. I’m betting Robert Redford’s singed up as an older Pym, who’s now working for SHIELD. That would allow for a possible appearance as Ant-Man in The Avengers 2 and a mentor-type role in Ant-Man

  • TotesMcGotes

    Wow. That’s impressive.

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