Robert Redford Talks Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER; Says He’s Doing the Film “Because It’s Different”

     March 29, 2013


Though production is set to get underway soon, Marvel had one last-minute ace up their sleeve with regards to the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Last week we learned the pleasantly surprising news that acting legend Robert Redford had entered talks to join the Captain America cast as a senior leader of S.H.I.E.L.D.  It marked a major casting coup for directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and the idea of someone like Redford stepping into the Marvel universe is incredibly exciting for fans.

Now Redford has commented a bit on the prospect of him appearing in a comic book movie, saying he made the decision to join Captain America 2 because he likes the idea “of stepping into new territory.”  Hit the jump for his full thoughts on the matter.

robert-redford-captain-america-the-winter-soldierSpeaking at a Q&A as part of the LA Times Indie Focus Screening Series (via LA Times), Redford commented on signing on for The Winter Soldier:

“I’m doing this film because it’s different. It’s a new thing for me… I think these films are really powerful. I think they’re great. This is the kind of film I would have loved to see as a kid… I like the idea of stepping into new territory. I’m excited by it. I also think it’s a good bunch of people who really know what they’re doing.”

Redford has been incredibly picky with regards to choosing acting roles as of late, mostly starring in his own directorial efforts or smaller indie fare.  The last “Hollywood” movie he appeared in was the 2001 thriller Spy Game, in which he shared the screen with Brad Pitt.  Though the idea of Redford appearing in a Captain America movie is exciting in and of itself, there’s also the prospect of the 76-year-old actor popping up in subsequent Marvel films as well, given the studio’s shared universe approach to their films.

No further details regarding Redford’s character are known at this time, but hopefully we hear more soon.  The actor most recently filmed the starring role in Margin Call director J.C. Chandor’s survival film All Is Lost, which is supposedly dialogue-free, and his next directorial effort The Company You Keep opens on April 5th. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4, 2014.


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  • Ranc

    Just hope he keeps his politics out of it.

    • Bjorn

      I was just goign to type that, his politics is kinda messed up…

  • Jack

    Who wouldn’t want to be in the marvel universe. They’re fun movies, everything a blockbuster should be. And the shared universe has never really been done before so its new and fresh

  • Bob

    Great addition to the cast, that’s for sure. Can’t wait to see him and Jackson on screen together most likely bickering at each other.

  • sanjeeb

    what about chris evans ???

    • Bob

      What about him? If ur asking if he’s in it then yes he is. He’s already signed on for multiple movies.

  • Nate

    “The idea of someone like Redford stepping into the Marvel universe is incredibly exciting for fans.”
    Huh. Yeah, I don’t know how accurate that is. I haven’t given a damn about Redford since The Sting or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But, sure. Sweet. Sounds great.

    • Nate H

      I think the exciting part is having someone with a reputation like Redford joining the Marvel Universe. It’s like having Anthony Hopkins as Odin – you may not be itching to see his next movie, but he’s still a Hollywood legend. It gives the Marvel films more legitimacy (not that they need it anymore). If someone as legendary and as selective as Redford wants in on Marvel, then everyone should. To me, it would be like Daniel Day Lewis deciding to play Dr. Strange in the next Avengers movie (okay, maybe not quite that big, but you see my point).

      • Nate

        For sure, I get the principal of the thing. Maybe if he was cast as a legit character rather than some SHEILD stooge I might care more. But still nowhere Daniel Day-Lewis playing… hell, anybody.

  • LEM

    He just wants relevance to a younger demo but it’s still good for the movie.

  • enjaysim

    Redford in Captain America? Mr.Ford in Anchorman 2? Its good to see the old stars having some fun. Clint Eastwood as Doctor Doom in new FF movie!

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