In one of the most unexpected casting rumors yet for Marvel Studios' "Captain America and the Winter Soldier," Deadline has posted the rumor that Oscar winner Robert Redford is currently in talks to join the cast of the "Captain America" sequel in a senior leadership role at "S.H.I.E.L.D."
While Redford most recently directed and starred in the upcoming film "The Company You Keep" from Sony Pictures Classics, he is perhaps best known for his leading roles in "The Sting," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Way We Were" and many, many more award-winning films. The actor/director also founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978 and was even awarded French Knighthood in 2010. "The Company You Keep" is the actor's first on-screen film role since 2007.
If cast, Redford would join returning cast members Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), along with Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Frank Grillo (Crossbones) and Max Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell).
Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, "The Winter Soldier" is believed to be based on the Captain America storyline of the same name, which revealed Captain America's sidekick Bucky Barnes didn't die as expected during the war. Instead, an amnesiac Bucky got snatched by the Soviets, fitted with a bionic arm and programmed to serve as an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The secret is revealed in the present day after Barnes attacks the Red Skull and blows up part of Philadelphia. The film opens in 3D on April 4, 2014.