Frank Grillo Will Menace Captain America as Crossbones in Winter Soldier


Crossbones Comic Book Cover“The Grey” and “Warrior’s” Frank Grillo has landed the role of the villain Crossbones in Marvel’s upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, the sequel to their 2011 hit starring Chris Evans as the Star-Spangled Avenger. Grillo had previously tweeted about testing for a role in “Winter Soldier” (and hinted, but didn’t come right out and say that it was for Crossbones), and sounded optimistic. Turns out he was right to think that way.

So who is this Crossbones fella? Glad you asked:

A key villain in Captain America’s rogues gallery, character debuted in 1989 as Brock Rumlow, a leader of the Savage Crims gang in New York’s lower East Side before joining a school for criminals and later becoming a henchman of the Red Skull under the code name Crossbones.

Well, that’s the comic book origin for the character, anyway. He might get tweaked a bit (or a lot) for the movie. The character’s relationship to Captain America’s arch nemesis the Red Skull is interesting, especially considering that actor Hugo Weaving, who previously played the villain in the first movie, doesn’t seem all that enthused about coming back for the role, and Marvel has shown that they don’t take actor dissatisfaction lightly. As in, at all. Then again, it is a guy in a friggin’ skull mask, so I don’t suppose it would be that hard to replace him.

Grillo joins Evans in the sequel, which also stars returnee superhero/now-villain Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier of the title), and new castmember Anthony Mackie as Captain America’s sidekick, The Falcon. Also, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson are expected to appear in the sequel. Which makes sense given Captain America’s relationship with SHIELD.

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the film, already set for April 4, 2014.

Crossbones Comic Book Cover

Via : Variety

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Wonder if they will make him Christopher Nolan Bane-ish.

  • Dedpool

    A little too pretty for me but hey they can scar him up. I’m sure he’ll have military training and such. I’ve always loved Crossbones, he’s had a badass look forever and is just a constant thorn in Cap’s side, and him being under the Skull uped his ante. Bring it on!

  • Lexavi80

    I hope Crossbones doesn’t suffer the same luck as the Black Widow in Ironman 2. Non-important and barely in the movie.

    • Dedpool

      Probably not. I’m guessing whoever Winter Soldier is working for CrossBones is too. Once Cap comes into the picture they start to question Bucky’s loyalties as his memories start to return, and Bones will be there to make sure he does right or take him out. He’s going to be an enforcer, thats what he does!

      • Lexavi80

        I have all the Ed Brubaker’s Captain America Omnibuses, but haven’t read it yet.

        I’ll start soon though!

  • Juggernaut

    While Grillo is certainly no slouch in the muscle department I would have gone with a more physically imposing actor to play Cross-Bones. Nathan Jones, Roland Kickinger or Steve Austim would have been my picks.

    • Dedpool

      Nathan Jones should never speak on film lol. I’ve neevr heard Kickinger, but Autin I could see, but he’s getting up there. I’d say bring Kane from WWE cause he’s as big and can do menancing. If not then why not give Vin Diesel a call? But the role is cast so oh well.

      • Juggernaut

        Yeah it’s a mute point but in my ideal film those would be my picks.

      • Lexavi80

        Well, while Steve Austin and Kane are more muscle imposing, Frank Grillo have better acting skills. Plus, him being relatively lighter (and martial artist fighter), he can make better moves than the overly huge Stone Cold or The Undertaker’s Brother.

        I’m cool with Frank.

        • Dedpool

          Agreed! If he’s like Tom Hardy’s build as Bane I’m good.