Captain America: The Winter Soldier has just landed a confirmed role for Robert Redford.
The American movie icon Robert Redford has confirmed his role in a movie about an American icon. He is set to play Pierce, a SHIELD operative, in the upcoming Chris Evans film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Robert Redford hasn’t said anything about who Pierce is, but speculation says it’s Alexander Pierce.
No other character in the comics is a SHIELD agent and uses the name Pierce. It’s only fitting that Robert Redford should play an important role, though that one isn’t really very high-ranking.
Robert Redford himself has been caught on camera discussing the role, saying, “I’m doing this film because it’s different. It’s a new thing for me.” The Academy Award winner appeared at his own film festival in support of his latest effort as director, producer and star inThe Company You Keep. He continued, “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.”
Robert Redford’s confirmation of his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier again throws out all doubts about the film. And this isn’t the first time Captain America was announced in the face of skepticism, as the first film raised doubts when it cast Chris Evans as the starring character.
Chris Evans’ previous work included Fantastic Four as Johnny Storm, Not Another Teen Movie as Jake Wyler, and Scott Pilgrim vs The World as Lucas Lee. He hadn’t done much of anything serious before landing the role of Captain America, so some said he was a terrible choice. Then we saw it and we shut up.
The role of Alexander Pierce in the comic books doesn’t look anything like Robert Redford, but then again, that didn’t stop Marvel from casting Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, did it? It may be that the character is someone invented for the film, or the character we know has been promoted since we last saw him in the comics, but with Robert Redford playing the role, we are prepared to shut up when we see it.
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