News has broken that ’70s superstar Robert Redford, perhaps best known as the fairer half of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is to play a role in the upcoming Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier.
Talking to Spinoff, the seventy-six year old actor apparently qualified that he’ll be playing “the head of S.H.I.E.L.D”. Whether this means Redford will be playing the predecessor to Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury, perhaps in some sort of flashback, or indeed his successor, or, as other sources have reported, a high-ranking government official called Pierce, remains unclear. Given that his appearance in last years’ The Company You Keep was his first on-screen in half a decade, we at AP2HYC have got a feeling this next one’s gonna be a doozy.
If, as Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige has said, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a political thriller, then Redford, who, along with Dustin Hoffman, co-starred in Alan J. Pakula‘s 1976 genre-defining classic All The President’s Men, certainly has the bonafides.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, is due out on April 4th of next year. Till then, we’ll keep digging for the truth…