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The current roster of movies based on Marvel and DC properties are far from independent films, but that hasn't stopped execs from looking outside the high-profile studio system for quality talent. Now it appears Joe and Anthony Russo are enlisting the services of a true acting legend, and one of independent cinema's greatest icons. It has been reported that Robert Redford ('The Sting') is in negotiations to join the cast of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Rumor has it he would be playing a senior leader in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Redford, in addition to appearing in countless classic movies, formed the Sundance Institute for aspiring filmmakers in 1980, simultaneously spawning the Sundance Film Festival. No official deal has been finalized. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is set to hit theaters April 4th, 2014.
This is fantastic, if wholly unexpected news. Redford hasn't really done a lot of blockbuster films. You could make cases for 'Spy Game' or 'The Last Castle,' but nothing on this scale for sure. I'm a great admirer of Redford's, 'The Sting' is one of my favorite films, and he can only improve the overall quality of 'The Winter Soldier' with his presence. It's interesting that Redford is playing a senior member of the S.H.I.E.L.D command, and no, not just because it makes sense given his age. Back in December, Samuel L. Jackson mentioned in an interview that we may be getting more of a glimpse into Nick Fury's backstory with the new Captain America movie. Could this older commander have something to do with Fury's past? It'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
What do you guys think? Is Redford a favorable acquisition for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier?' Do you think his character will be connected to Fury's past?