Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Martin Freeman set for Captain America: Civil War

Not content with starring together in Sherlock and working on The Hobbit, Martin Freeman has found another place to join Benedict Cumberbatch. Marvel have recently announced that he is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joining Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) follow-up Captain America: Civil War.

Joe and Anthony Russo are busy directing the latest Cap outing from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter). And the busy cast already includes established Marvel characters including Chris Evans as the title character, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier and Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones. New faces this time include the introduction of Chadwick Boseman (42) as Black Panther and Daniel Brühl (Rush) as Baron Zemo. Not to mention Spider-Man, whenever he gets officially cast.

As for Freeman, his role is being kept under wraps for now in true Marvel style, so we will have to see which side of the conflict he falls on and whether he is playing a known Marvel character or someone new for the movie. Also unknown is his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – whether this is a one film deal or if he will be showing up elsewhere, which could potentially mean sharing the screen with Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.

"From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin's range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us," says Marvel chief Kevin Feige. "We couldn't be more honoured or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

Freeman will be back for more Sherlock at the end of the year with the special episode, followed by a new series in 2016. He is currently at work on reality based war correspondent comedy Fun House alongside Tina Fey (Date Night).

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