Will Frank Grillo Play Crossbones in <i>Captain America</i> Sequel?

Marvel Studios has a lot going on right now. Iron Man 3 just released the first trailer, Thor: The Dark World is filming all over the world, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier might be close to casting one of the sequels villains.

Comic Book Movie picked up comments from Frank Grillo (Gangster Squad, The Grey) suggesting he has auditioned for the role of the assassin Crossbones, who plays a key role in the Marvel comics storyline on which the film is believed to be based.

Grillo tweeted Monday that he had met with Marvel -- "See Ya LA. It was a a good trip. Marvel was a lot of fun. Be cool if it works out. #CaptainAmerica" -- and then followed that up with a "#bones" hashtag that spawned these remarks: "WOW. Badass fans that Marvel has. Fierce muthas. #bones."

However, it turns out the actor's now-deleted comments served to merely confirm tweets made Friday by comedian and radio host Matthew Aaron Snow declaring, "I have it from a VERY RELIABLE source that Frank Grillo is being considered to play Crossbones in the next Captain America films. [...] Once again, just wanted to tell you and I'll be talking about it all week... Frank Grillo has tested for Crossbone in the new Marvel movies."

Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, The Winter Soldier is believed to be based on the acclaimed comic-book storyline of the same name in which writer Ed Brubaker revealed Captain America’s World War II sidekick Bucky Barnes didn’t die in the 1945 explosion that left the superhero in suspended animation in a block of ice. Instead, an amnesiac Bucky was rescued 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 only after he seemingly killed the Red Skull and launched a terrorist attack on Philadelphia.

Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as Captain America and Bucky Barnes, joined by Anthony Mackie as the Falcon and likely Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

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