Captain America: The Winter Soldier may just be getting a bit of notoriety with the iconic Robert Redford signing on as a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the film. The role has been described as reminiscent of Ralph Fiennes’s Gareth Malloy in Skyfall, and Redford recently spoke about his decision to join the sequel during a Q&A for the Los Angeles Times Indie Focus Screening Series.
From The L.A Times:
“I’m doing this film because it’s different. It’s a new thing for me,” Redford explained.
Though the 76-year-old Redford has not previously appeared in a contemporary superhero/comic-book movie like “Captain America,” he added: “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,” Redford added. “I’m excited by it. I also think it’s a good bunch of people who really know what they’re doing.”
The film, which is currently in pre-production, will begin filming this May. Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan return as Captain America and Bucky respectively, as well as Anthony Mackie who will play The Falcon. The film has been reported to heavily feature S.H.I.E.L.D. and its agents with Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobi Smulders all slated to appear.
It’s also been reported that UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre has joined the film as the supervillain Batroc the Leaper. Much like the character St-Pierre would be playing, he is a French speaking martial arts expert. Joe Johnston, who directed Captain America: The First Avenger will not be returning for Winter Solider, instead the Russo brothers, who last directed You Me and Dupree, will take over.
Captain America: The Winter Solider will be the third film in Marvel’s upcoming Phase Two of movies and will be out on April 4th 2014.