Robert Redford Confirms He’ll Head SHIELD in Captain America Sequel

Robert Redford

Casting Robert Redford for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was definitely a coup for Marvel. So why exactly did the venerable actor decide to show up in a comic book sequel? To hear him tell it, he just wanted to do something different.

While out doing the promo rounds for his indie drama “The Company You Keep” (the kind of film Redford is most known for these days, aka films that would be at home at his Sundance Film Festival), the actor/producer/director revealed to Spinoff the reasons why he chose to enlist in “The Winter Soldier”:

The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess.

As for what role he’ll be playing in the movie:

The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

That’s interesting. And here I thought Nick Fury was the head of SHIELD. I had no idea SHIELD had a bigger, er, head than Fury, not counting those shadowy doofuses from “The Avengers”, I mean.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and will star Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, and Cobie Smulders.

And in case you missed it, we posted oodles of concept artwork for “The Winter Soldier”, along with Marvel’s other Phase 2 titles, here.

Here’s a trailer for Redford’s latest, “The Company You Keep”: