Anthony Mackie joins Captain America: The Winter Soldier

According to Heat Vision Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) is in negotiations to star alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

While his role hasn’t been confirmed, he is thought to be taking on the role of Falcon, an excellent trainer of wild birds who has an ability to control and talk to them. The character also has a wing harness which allows him to fly.

At ComicCon the title for the sequel was unveiled, and suggested Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan in the first film, will return as a brainwashed Soviet assassin known as the Winter Solider. In the comics Falcon, real name Samuel Wilson, was trained by Captain America and served as his partner to track down the Winter Solider, so his inclusion in the film makes sense and his powers will be interesting to see on-screen.

Anthony and Joe Russo, two brothers who have direct episodes of Community and Arrested Development, were recently chosen to direct the sequel, and Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus wrote the script.

Mackie recently appeared in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and will be seen in Gangster Squad (out later this year) and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain.

  • Gridlock Manifesto

    I just love all of these tidbits I’m learning about these
    new characters and I’m going to look up the history of “Falcon” in Wikepedia
    next. They always do something different
    in the movie since there are so many version s of the comics, but I like how
    they tried to represent all of the costume incarnations over the years for such
    an old icon like Cap. I love going to
    see all of the big movies in the theatre, like Thor, but I also love watching
    them on my home theater, and my Dish co-worker comes over to watch with
    me. Since I have Epix 1 in HD, I watched
    Iron Man 2 and Captain America
    again. I get the best quality my theater
    can produce when I watch Epix, 1080p, and that makes all the difference with my
    90-inch projector.