Last week the world was shocked when it was announced that Robert Redford would be playing a role in the second Captain America film. It was a move that no one could have predicted, since Redford has been tightly associated with independent cinema for the last two decades.
At the time, it was said that the Robert Redford Marvel casting would be a high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and fans immediately wondered if it would end up being the aged version of Cap’s friend, Dum Dum Dugan, or maybe some other character from the comics.
Redford has given us a bit more light by describing his role as “the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Now for some reason, I can’t see anyone other than Nick Fury as the head of the peacekeeping organization. Since the Marvel movies chose to use the Ultimates’ version of Fury, Samuel L. Jackson won the role for the franchise. Despite that, it’s not inconceivable that Redford could play the classic, World War II version of the character.
Redford could also end up being the executive in charge of the shadowy council that Fury took orders from in The Avengers. Ultimately, we won’t know until we see it next year.
Either way, this does make a lot of sense. There’s no way that Redford would have signed up for a small role in the film, and the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a suitably dignified role for him.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based off of a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and is due for release on April 4th, 2014.
Source: Slash Filmby