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Robert Redford may be a crusader for independent films, but he’s reportedly close to joining one of 2014’s biggest productions, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline reported this afternoon that Redford is in talks to join the project, which would be the Hollywood icon’s first comic book movie. Redford would play a senior leader in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, which is run by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Deadline predicts that Redford’s role could be one that will make appearances in other Marvel films, just like Jackson and practically every actor who has signed on to do a Marvel film. (Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few other examples.)
This news comes as a surprise, since Redford has been such a proponent for indie filmmaking through the Sundance Film Festival. While he is best known for acting, his only Oscar win is for directing Ordinary People in 1980.
The Winter Soldier will star Chris Evans as Captain America again and will be directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World) have scripted the film.
Redford recently filmed J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost and directed The Company You Keep with Shia LaBeouf.