Today, we here at the elite Nerdbastards news collective of the motherland bring you more information concerning the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since the movie is still in its early stages, Marvel Studios is putting together a cast. And though very few have as-of-yet been positively confirmed, there are a few front-runners that are looking very likely.
The two main roles they need to fill are that of the female lead and, of course, a nasty villain for the Captain to square off against. Several names are flying around, but some stand out above the rest.
As far as the female lead goes, it’s looking very much like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is the favorite. She’s thought to be in contention for the role of Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter from the first film. Though that too is still a rumor, the fact that Sharon is one of Captain A’s main love interests in the comics makes it one of those rumors that might actually be true.
When it comes to the main villain, there are two familiar faces contending in the final rounds. Josh Holloway of Lost fame and the almighty Game of Thrones bastard, Nikolaj Coster Waldau. No word on what their role will be quite yet.
These folks will be joining Anthony Mackie as The Falcon and a returning Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.
There is one individual who will not likely be making a return, however – Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull. Not that they planned on bringing him back immediately, but Weaving has expressed his opinion that he’d rather not play the classic Captain America villain ever again.
Or, in his own words:
I [signed a multi-picture deal] for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in CaptainAmerica 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.
Oh well. Although Weaving did a decent job in the first flick, who really wants to see the same villain pop up over and over again, especially where there are so many more stories to tell in the Captain America universe?
Check out the Captain when he finally makes his way back to the big screen again on April 4th, 2014.