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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured more than its fair share of truly brilliant actors, from Jeff Bridges to Tommy Lee Jones, to Anthony Hopkins, but now another legend of the silver screen is seemingly ready to make his way into the comic book universe.
Deadline has learned that Robert Redford is now in talks to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the upcoming sequel to 2011's The First Avenger which will be in theaters early next year. While there aren't too many details available - most notably a character name - the site says that should the Oscar winning performer sign on he will play a senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D., meaning that he could have a very close role with Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. What's more, it's possible that the part will expand into the larger movie universe and that Redford could end up appearing in other Marvel Studios films as well.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the superhero sequel already has an impressively stacked cast, which, of course is headed by Chris Evans who will play Captain America for the third time. The film is also set to see the return of Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, and other newcomers include Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. The film will be in theaters on April 4, 2014 and production is expected to start up in the next few months.
Redford will next be seen in the thriller The Company You Keep - which he also directed.