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“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.
Via : Variety