Rumored, now definitely true–Variety reports that Frank Grillo has been cast as Crossbones in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Chris Evans stars as the Captain, with Joe and Anthony Russo directing.
Grillo started the rumors himself last week when he tweeted something about testing for a role with the hashtag #captainamerica. Actors, don’t do this–even if you think you got the part, you may not and you’ll just be embarrassed. The tweets were deleted soon after so someone must have either reminded him of that or warned him that he’d feel like an idiot if he lost a part because he pissed off Marvel.
Variety says this about Crossbones:
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.
Grillo was last seen in “End of Watch” and will next be onscreen in the upcoming “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Gangster Squad.”
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan also star, with “Avengers” cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Cobie Smulders likely making appearances. The film is set for release on April 4, 2014.