Redford’s casting was a shock to fans, who had no idea he was interested in the comic book genre. With a career spanning five decades, Redford’s almost done it all. The actor told SpinOff Online that the uncharted territory is what motivated him to take the job.
“The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing,” he said. “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.”
Who will Redford play? Rumors were circulating that he’d star as Pierce, a senior officer in the S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) organization. But the actor went on to clarify his character as “The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.” That means he’s above Samuel L. Jackson’s character Nick Fury, who is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director.
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s presence will be felt in The Winter Solider. Not only will Redford’s Pierce be there to stir the pot, but Jackson’s Fury will be back as well as Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters April 4, 2014.