'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Robert Redford Steps Into 'New Territory'

Robert Redford

by Brett White

Fans were pretty surprised when iconic actor and film visionary (deserved high praise) Robert Redford joined the cast of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." I originally reported the news as a rumor, but now I can safely say that it is one hundred percent true. It's so true that his character now has a name ("Pierce") and Redford has actually been caught on camera discussing the role.

The L.A. Times got to the bottom of Redford's reasons for entering the Marvel Universe during the Q&A portion of the L.A. Times Indie Focus Screening Series.

"I'm doing this film because it's different. It's a new thing for me," says Redford. "I like the idea of stepping into new territory. I'm excited by it. I also think it's a good bunch of people who really know what they're doing."

If Robert Redford's seal of approval doesn't quell any doubts you have about the Captain America sequel, I don't know what will. You can catch the full video interview here.

With the reveal of Redford's character name, it looks like I can kiss my previous casting wishes goodbye. It's also reported that Pierce is a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officer, which makes sense given Redford's status; he sure isn't going to play a newbie agent. The only character from the comics who is both a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and named Pierce is Alexander Pierce.

Alexander Pierce

Pierce first appeared in the "Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D." mini-series in 1988 and recently appeared in the "Secret Wars" ongoing. As you can see above, he's doesn't exactly have the "senior officer" vibe to him, and looks nothing like Redford. It's entirely possible that they're just using the name for a totally new character, or the name could just be coincidence.

[via Comic Book Movie]

What do you think of this "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" update? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter!