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The online rumor mill churns at full speed today. As Joe and Anthony Russo continue to put together a cast ahead of the spring 2013 start date for their 'Captain America: Winter Soldier,' some interesting developments have come to light. It seems actor Frank Grillo ('Warrior,' 'The Grey') is in the running to play Crossbones in the upcoming Marvel sequel. Crossbones is a ruthless assassin, a mercenary who often worked for Cap's arch enemy The Red Skull. It seems that over the weekend comedian and talk radio host Matthew Aaron tweeted that Grillo was "this close to getting the role of crossbones." This rumor was further fed by a tweet yesterday from Grillo himself...
"See Ya LA. It was a a good trip. Marvel was a lot of fun. Be cool if it works out. #CaptainAmerica."
The tweet has since been deleted, but it was enough to work the web into a frenzy. While Crossbones wasn't part of the original Winter Soldier story arc, or at least the initial arc ended before he showed up, he is an important character to later chapters of the tale. If nothing else, Crossbones carried out the assassination of Steve Rogersso his proposed involvement in this sequel is more than a little intriguing. Obviously there is a serious grain of salt with which we must digest this news tidbit. It could be nothing more than a joke, especially considering the fact that one of the sources is the host of a comedy talk radio show. But even if it's not a giant ruse, just because Grillo took the meeting does not necessarily mean he's definitely getting the part. I like Grillo as an actor, but can't say I know enough about the character to decide if he's the right fit.
What do you guys think? Does this smell fishy to you or do you think Grillo might actually get the part? Is he right for Crossbones?