Robert Redford in Talks for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

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During its relatively brief time as a standalone studio, Marvel has developed a reputation for wooing seemingly incongruous talent for its films (like, say, getting Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor). Which is to say we shouldn't be surprised by any news that comes out of the House of Ideas' casting department -- but it's still hard not to be shocked by today's reports that Robert Redford is in talks for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Collider reports that Redford would play a character with a "senior leadership role" in the powerful Marvel Universe counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D. As Collider's report reminds us, Marvel chief Kevin Feige recently assured us that The Winter Soldier would be a "political thriller," a genre Redford certainly knows by heart, so his involvement makes sense -- and since S.H.I.E.L.D. is a cornerstone for Marvel properties far and wide, Redford's potential involvement raises the intriguing possibility of seeing him in other movies, a la Samuel L. Jackson.

Ten years ago, the idea of an actor with Robert Redford's stature deigning to star in a comic book movie would have been ridiculous. That this report has any kind of credence at all, even as a rumor, shows how far we've come. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently scheduled for an April 4, 2014 release.

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