Vivien Leigh: Award-winning actress best remembered for 'Gone with the Wind,' 'Streetcar Named Desire'
Leigh was born in India with the name Vivian Hartley and made her film debut in 1935 when she starred in “Things Are Looking Up,” “Look Up and Laugh,” and “The Village Squire.”
The actress was cast as heroine Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film version of “Gone with the Wind” after a long search by the production company behind the film. Leigh was one of two British actors to portray the four Southern main characters, with actor Leslie Howard, who portrayed Ashley Wilkes, also hailing from England. Leigh won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film.
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Leigh is also often remembered for her role as Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” She secured a second Best Actress Oscar for this part. The actress also starred as the title character in a 1948 film version of “Anna Karenina” and as Cleopatra in the 1945 film “Caesar and Cleopatra.”
She also starred in stage productions in London and on Broadway, with appearances including starring opposite her future husband Laurence Olivier in a British production of “Hamlet” performed in Denmark and playing Juliet in a 1940 Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet." She appeared again as Cleopatra on Broadway in two plays which played in repertory in 1951, a production of “Caesar and Cleopatra” and a production of “Antony and Cleopatra,” respectively. Olivier starred as Caesar in the first and Mark Antony in the second.
Leigh won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1963 for her role in “Tovarich.”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” actress Julia Ormond portrayed Leigh in the 2011 film “My Week with Marilyn,” which centered on the production of the 1957 film “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Actress Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe, while actor Kenneth Branagh portrayed “Prince” director and star Laurence Olivier.
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Fans of Tarzan can now feast their eyes on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ hero’s next big screen adaptation. Sadly, it isn’t related to David Yates’ upcoming Tarzan feature film, but instead, the animated Tarzan 3D from Constantin Films.
Featuring the voice and performance capture of Kellan Lutz (Hercules: The Legend Begins), the trailer shows that the classic story of a man raised by apes is receiving some serious updates – featuring a corporate enemy and sci-fi plot twist that may prove divisive among fans both young and old.
While this may be the first trailer for the animated film – out now in Russia and Germany – the previous trailer showed that the jungle action had been made with the 3D experience in mind. Unfortunately, the full-length English trailer features a much closer look at the actual performances and animation style, and the results are… uneven, to say the least.
If viewers felt that the first look at the animated Tarzan was a bit unsettling – neither realistic, nor abstracted enough to stroll into Dreamworks or Pixar territory – this trailer proves many of those fears are justified. Although the jungle itself looks to be a feather in the cap of the digital artists, the character design is not nearly as polished. Odd character dimensions, facial features and textures have us wondering just how much of Lutz’s performance is possible to keep intact.
On top of the visual issues, it’s safe to say that if Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) brought more than melodrama to the animated Jane, this trailer isn’t making a fair case. ‘Wooden’ might be a strong term to describe the dialogue seen in a brief trailer, but what’s on display here seems stilted at the very least.
In terms of story, the writers of the film have done some serious reinventing to reshape Burroughs’ classic story into a modern, even futuristic tale of fantasy and science fiction. Tarzan is now the child of the deceased head of Greystoke Energies, a company now run by a power-hungry man keen on finding a renewable energy source – that just so happens to be hidden in Tarzan’s jungle home.
In other words, take the original story, add elements of Avatar and a heavy dose of acrobatic vine-traversal, and we have a much better idea of what to expect from the film. While the 3D may have piqued our interest, it seems unlikely that the film will end up making its way into most American theaters.
Andrew Dyce blogs at Screen Rant.
There are four Marvel movies hitting theaters in 2014, and the first of the group, Captain America: The Winter Soldier released its first full-length trailer last week, taking advantage of the Marvel movie buzz surrounding the press junket for Thor: The Dark World and its worldwide theatrical release beginning this week in the UK.
The third of the bunch, joining The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters next May is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and its studio Twentieth Century Fox took advantage of last week’s buzz to let fans know that its first trailer was on the way as well. Fox kicked off its official marketing campaign with an Instagram teaser, a series of photos from cover stories in print magazines and a Twitter livechat with director Bryan Singer yesterday where he hinted at what was to come from the first Days of Future Past trailer.
With principal photography wrapping in August and lots of post-production special effects work still required, Singer explained during his Twitter Q&A that today’s first teaser trailer for the biggest X-Men team-up yet is focused squarely on the characters, much like the rough footage was that played at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. And of course, there are a lot of them.
As it turns out the trailer is nearly identical to the Comic-Con footage, featuring interesting shots in the past (1973) and future, the latter of which we see returning characters from the original X-Men trilogy with new, combat-appropriate costumes. The major change from the Days of Future Past comics is that instead of sending Kitty Pryde back in time, the movie will send film franchise poster boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) – or more specifically, his conscience – back in time to his younger, ’70s self to reunite Professor X, Magneto and other old school X-Men to prevent a certain event in the past from happening to save their future.
Singer revealed that about 70% of the film takes place in the past so it does serve more as a sequel to X-Men: First Class, and as for the new characters including Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath and Blink, who show up only in the future – They’re teased but are given no dialogue in the trailer. Some of these characters will have important roles to play since they’re the most likely to live on into sequels and spinoffs (see: X-Force).
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first film in the long-running series to introduce time travel, a major plot device in Marvel Comics, and has the potential to redefine the franchise, correcting continuity errors of the past and laying the groundwork for the future. Does the trailer and its vastly different style and mood hold up against the action-packed first look at Captain America 2 and can its ambitious use of two casts and two time periods help Days of Future Past see big numbers at the box office?
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.
Being a fish out of water as a legendary World War II soldier frozen in ice for 70 years is one thing, but waking up to immediately becoming a world-famous hero of the modern era and not knowing who to trust – as what little you know comes crumbling down around you – is another entirely. Poor Steve Rogers has not had an easy time as Captain America and it’s only going to get worse when a friend from the past returns as a foe of the present in the film’s sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Building off of the new poster and teaser footage, the first full-length trailer for Captain America 2 raises the stakes for its titular hero – and the franchise – while successfully proving that Marvel Studios and directors (and brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo have crafted something not only intentionally different than its predecessors, but vastly larger in terms of scale and scope. The action sequences alone are giving the biggest battles of The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World a run for their money.
The themes of the Captain America 2, previously described as a “political thriller” by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, are very evident in the teaser trailer and fans – much like the characters on screen – don’t know who to trust. That’s part of the moral dilemma for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who’s seen questioning S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) while the secretive organization he works for is torn apart, possibly from the inside. We see Rogers having to fight off his own people in the infamous elevator sequence that played well at Comic-Con, a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet attacking Rogers and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the most shocking of all -a shot of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier (or at least one of them) from The Avengers crashing and burning.
There’s also the history between spy Black Widow and the brainwashed Bucky Barnes – aka The Winter Soldier – which will play into the story, along with the introduction of Robert Redford’s mysterious new authority figure. Marvel Comics readers will note the classic S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, seemingly from the office of Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce character.
Official Captain America: The Winter Soldier synopsis:
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Cap’s next adventure is being directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo off a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and will release in 3D. Robert Redford joins Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Anthonie Mackie, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernandez and Georges St-Pierre.
Rob Keyes blogs at Screen Rant.
Two years (sometimes more) is the amount of time that most fans expect to wait between installments in a popular movie franchise – unless we’re talking about one of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth trilogies – but that same waiting period can seem like an eternity for a TV show audience. As such, members of the Sherlock fanbase has been struggling to keep it together over the two years since the final episode in season 2, “The Reichenbach Fall,” ended on a cliffhanger note (though, not quite literally) that has left viewers desperate and yearning for answers ever since.
Fear not, though, for U.S. Sherlock fans now have a set date for when they can get their next fix. We’ve been hearing for some time now that season 3 would begin showing on PBS in early 2014 (after it airs in the UK), but now we have official confirmation and a formal date to go along with it.
Here are the air dates for each installment of Sherlock season 3 on PBS, in addition to the cast and creator lineup (as summraized in the official press release):
MASTERPIECE “Sherlock, Season 3” — Sundays, January 19-February 2, 2014, 10:00 p.m. ET — Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, The Office UK) return as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in three new 90-minute episodes — “The Empty Hearse” (January 19), “The Sign of Three” (January 26) and “His Last Vow” (February 2) — of the contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, written and created by Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones). The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated “Sherlock” has been a television sensation since the first season aired in 2010.
Sherlock season 3 will get started by finally revealing just how, exactly, Sherlock did manage to survive his roof plunge in season 2, shortly after his (former) arch-nemesis Moriarty called it quits on their deadly game of wits (permanently, it would seem). Thereafter, the eponymous high-functioning investigator/sociopath will face a number of new challenges and opponents, including a new daring fiend to battle – and by that, we mean Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), not Watson’s potential new wife (Amanda Abbington, who is Martin Freeman’s real-life partner).
As for when Sherlock season 3 premieres in the UK, the show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft, Sherlock’s older and more responsible brother on the series) recently took to Twitter, in order to say the following:
You may have noticed there's a US airdate for #Sherlock but we DO NOT have one yet for the UK. I don't know how much plainer I can be.
Regardless, there’s little to no question that Sherlock season 3 will be shown to UK audiences before we here in the U.S. get to have a proper look, so there ought to be an update coming on the situation – from mini-series’ co-creator Steven Moffat, Gatiss and/or the BBC – at some point in the near future.
Until then, you may continue to pass the time by pondering the many perplexing questions about the Sherlock-verse that remain to be answered this next season – like, what on Earth would prompt Watson to grow that mustache, rather than finding some more sensible way to express his grief over Sherlock’s (apparent) demise.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.
Keeping track of the continuity between all the various films in the Marvel cinematic universe can be tricky. 2012′s monster hit The Avengers brought together four existing franchises, and in the next few years the world of superheroes will only expand further as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man join the fray (along with future unannounced titles to fill Marvel’s two-movies-per-year quota).
Despite their co-existence, the Marvel movies have so far managed to at least have independent storylines for each member of the superhero team, and the upcoming release of Thor: The Dark World will feature a return to Asgard and a new threat in the form of Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston), who apparently harbors some kind of plan to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. Thor: The Dark World will be followed next year by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will show Steve Rogers’ continued relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Natasha Romanoff, and which will also introduce Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon.
At the start of The Avengers, Steve was hidden away in a gym with a punching bag as a means of coping with his new life in the “future.” He was still struggling to fit into a world of iPhones and The Real Housewives of New Jersey when he was approached by Nick Fury and offered a membership card for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. By the time Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins, however, Steve will apparently have had quite a bit of time to settle into the 21st century. In an interview with Refinery 29, Scarlett Johansson explained that Marvel fans aren’t alone in waiting two years for the next chapter in Captain America’s story:
“This film is in real time. It’s been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship.”
Though all the Marvel movies released so far (with the exception of Captain America: The First Avenger) have taken place in chronological order, they have wavered off the course of real time. Iron Man 3 was released a full year after The Avengers, but was set only six months after the battle in New York. It’s still not clear when Thor: The Dark World – which will be released 18 months after The Avengers – takes place, and Guardians of the Galaxy is even trickier to pin a date on, since it will take place out in space and away from the events of the movies so far (and possibly in an alternate future?).
In short, it’s safe to say that the “real time” approach for Captain America: The Winter Soldier probably isn’t going to become a rule for the Marvel cinematic universe, though it’s likely that the films will continue to take place in chronological order across the various franchises, in order to keep things from becoming overly confusing. This does, however, mean that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will have some explaining to do when it comes to getting the audience caught up with Steve’s movements.
Tell us in the comments what you think Captain America and Black Widow have been occupied with in the two years since The Avengers, and what exactly they were doing while Iron Man was dealing with The Mandarin.
H. Shaw-Williams blogs at Screen Rant.
When Beetlejuice debuted in 1988, it didn’t take long for it to become a legitimate cultural sensation spawning a cartoon series, toys, video games, and almost immediate proposals for a sequel. Though much work was put into producing the dire-sounding Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, said sequel never materialized.
Despite the failure of Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian in the ’90s, stories and rumors of a sequel have persisted for years. Just two days ago, an unverified source claimed that original director Tim Burton (Frankenweenie) had expressed strong interest in helming a version of Beetlejuice 2 written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Now, more reliable voices have confirmed that Burton is indeed moving forward with plans to direct the follow-up to his horror-comedy classic.
The Wrap has shared the news that Burton is in active talks to helm Beetlejuice 2. Currently finishing work on his upcoming historical drama/biopic Big Eyes, Burton has apparently begun speaking with the producers at the Geffen Company (who also backed the original film) about the job.
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If Burton does indeed direct Beetlejuice 2 and Michael Keaton (Birdman) returns as the ghost with the most (it’s not a sure thing yet), it’ll mark the first time he has teamed up with the actor since Batman Returns in 1992. Over the years, nearly every principal actor from Beetlejuice has expressed interest to reprise their roles in a possible sequel. With Burton behind the camera, Beetlejuice 2 could be more of a legitimate reunion and continuation than fans dared hope.
Though it would have to work hard to be worse than the famously bad Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian script, one has to wonder exactly what scriptwriter Grahame-Smith has fashioned for this version of the sequel. The screenplay must have Burton’s confidence if he’s willing to direct it – but given the nature of the scripts for Burton’s most recent projects, this may not be a surefire sign of quality. After all, Grahame-Smith was responsible for the quite tepid screenplay for Dark Shadows.
Nonetheless, any solid news about Beetlejuice 2 is potentially good news. After a spate of underwhelming projects, Burton needs a hit. A return to one of the movies that put him on the map could be just the thing to revitalize a career some say is in sharp decline.
Kyle Hembree blogs at Screen Rant.
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So here we are Bones fans in the sixth episode of season 9 and while there is a murder to solve, “The Woman in White” refers to none other than Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). As the relationship between she and FBI partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) has waxed and waned over the years, critics have been watching a waiting for the Moonlighting curse to rear its ugly head and cause the show to crash and burn.
It hasn’t. In point of fact, Bones never really deserved the comparison and has done a good job of taking a small, core audience that followed it all over the schedule map, to a broader, bankable fan base who have established it as a veteran show. Also, creator and showrunner Hart Hanson has never hidden the fact that from the beginning he intended for Booth and Brennan to end up together. The line, “Everything happens eventually” becoming something of a promise between he and the fans that he wasn’t out to be the next Joss Whedon.
And so, “The Woman in White” is something of a payoff piece. A showcase of a journey almost a decade in the making. Like any “big” episode, it attempts to pack as much as possible into forty-five minutes without making things feel rushed and by and large it accomplishes this. The casting department also scores big, drawing back old familiar faces for old and new fans alike.
One of the episode’s huge strengths is that it walks the fine line between painting with broad strokes for the masses while providing exquisite detailing for those who have been following every second of the show since day one. Meanwhile the writing is masterful, and nothing short of a love letter to the fans and the same is true of the cast’s performance.
For even as the couple moves forward in their formal relationship, the show takes time to nod at the past. Booth’s mother, son, and grandfather are all present, as is Brennan’s dad, Max (Ryan O’Neal), with nice little character moments all around. The wedding itself is initially to take place in a church, allowing the audience a giggle at the bumbling priest, played by Emily Deschanel’s husband in real life, David Hornsby. In the end they are married where it all began, the gardens at the Jeffersonian. Booth’s vows hearken back to the Pilot, and Brennan’s references a letter highly debated since season 2′s, “Aliens in A Spaceship” that feels like it could have been written at that point in their relationship.
Aside from the two leads, the rest of the ensemble provide plenty of entertainment. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) and his wedding pool juxtapose nicely against Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) keeping Brennan focused on getting married instead of on the case. There is also a beautiful moment between Ange and Brennan about love and poetry. Meanwhile, full hilarity ensues as all of the squinterns step up to the plate to solve the case, still trying to prove who’s the best while bemoaning the fact that none were invited to the wedding save Arastoo (Pej Vahdat) as Cam’s (Tamara Taylor) plus one. Brennan reconsiders and invites them after they help solve the case and they get their own, slow-mo hero shot in full period regalia.
How about you? Did the wedding meet your expectations or did it get too saccharine? Did you tear up at the vows or Avalon’s (Cyndi Lauper) slow, sultry rendition of “At Last”? What’s your favorite fan shout-out? Do you think any major shifts lay ahead now that they’ve officially tied the knot?
Heather Donmoyer blogs at Screen Rant.
Walt Disney Animation Studios – the restructured Walt Disney Feature Animation – has, so far, provided audiences with a healthy diet that includes the sort of fairy tale movies that’ve long been the Mouse House’s bread and butter, along with quality original content like Bolt and Wreck-It Ralph. This year’s offering from the studio, titled Frozen, is a slight break from tradition; not so much in terms of source material (it’s loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen), but because the female lead is neither a princess nor a princess-to-be…. well, as far as we know, anyway.
Frozen revolves around the awkward, yet plucky and spirited, young woman Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who goes on a dangerous journey in order to attempt and break the endless winter spell cast upon her home kingdom of Arendelle – inflicted by Anna’s not-well-adjusted sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel). The previously-released teaser trailer focuses solely on the comical relief sidekicks in the film – including Olaf, a shrimpy snowman with a incongruously-sized carrot nose – but the newly-unveiled theatrical trailer offers a nice and simple outline of the story, in addition to glimpses at the main characters and even more slapstick antics from Olaf (hey, it ain’t easy being made of crystallized water).
Rounding out the voice cast for Frozen are such people as Jonathan Groff (Glee), Josh Gad (Thanks for Sharing), Santino Fontana (Submissions Only), Patricia Lentz (The Bling Ring) and fan-favorite Alan Tudyk, who also voiced a key character in Wreck-It Ralph last year. By comparison, Bell will be playing in the world of Disney animation for the first time, while Menzel is no stranger to this sandbox – following her appearance in both live-action and cartoon form in Disney’s Enchanted.
Chris Buck (Disney’s animated Tarzan movie) co-directed Frozen with Jennifer Lee (a co-writer on Wreck-It Ralph), with the latter having written the film’s screenplay in collaboration with Shane Morris (The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning). Judging by the trailer footage and talent involved, Frozen probably won’t be a revolutionary addition to the Mouse House’s animation filmography – be it in terms of character archetypes and/or narrative themes – but it seems like a cute movie for the whole family; not to mention, one that keeps the studio on the upper-middle track, in terms of storytelling quality (following Wreck-It Ralph‘s example – read our review).
In related news, Frozen will feature original songs composed by husband-wife team Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh), in addition to a score composed by Christophe Beck, who also scored Disney’s acclaimed “Paperman” short – screened in front of Wreck-It Ralph in theaters – and is providing orchestral accompaniment to go with Bret McKenzie’s songs for next year’s Muppets Most Wanted. Finally, as you probably noticed, the animation style in Frozen is the same Rococo-inspired hand-drawn/CGI hybrid technique used on Tangled (used to produce a 3D animated final product).
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.
The team assembled for Captain America: The Winter Soldier just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Already boasting a cast rivaling that of The Avengers, Robert Redford is without question the most distinguished of the pack. It certainly came as a surprise when Redford was signed not only to appear in Captain America 2, but in what appeared to be a relatively small role. A great get for Marvel, and an actor capable of playing the head of a shadowy government organization with plenty of class and grandeur.
But as actors unfamiliar with the spoiler-sensitive nature of comic book films often do, Redford has opened up about his role in the next Captain America, revealing more than Marvel likely wishes he had.
In an interview with The Straits Times (courtesy of Here Be Geeks), Redford spoke at length about his career to this point, and the need to constantly challenge himself as an actor. Appearing in a comic book blockbuster definitely fits that bill, even if he would only appear as a superior to Col. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as a higher-up in the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency.
Now it seems new information regarding his role in the film, and what it could mean for the overall plot and inclusion of source material from the “Winter Soldier” story arc has arrived. Those not wanting to be spoiled should stop now.
In the interview, Redford explained that he sees no reason to slow down just yet; in fact, there’s no time like the present to try roles or films he might not have in the past:
“I think a career requires a certain amount of reinvention. If you get caught in one track I think that can be dangerous. Success has a dark side to it. you want to be careful if you’ve had success at something, that you not try and follow it by just duplicating it. That’s why I’m doing this Captain America thing.”
Knowledge we’d expect coming from such a veteran leading man, and a positive look at the comic book movie craze that would hopefully convince some more established actors to crop up in either DC or Marvel films in the future (Sir Ben Kingsley already has, but…maybe some others with more discriminating tastes).
But it’s the next words out of Redford’s mouth that will grab the attention of fans:
“I like the idea of playing a villain…I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Now before anyone jumps to conclusions, it’s worth reminding that the term ‘villain’ can be used interchangeably (but incorrectly) with antagonist. For Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), there may be more than a few characters that fit that description in the events of The Winter Soldier. Described by Kevin Feige as something of a “political thriller” the writers behind the script have also called it a “conspiracy story” that will determine loyalties for The Avengers 2 and beyond.
Rogers showed in The Avengers that his loyalty is to what he knows is right, not to who’s telling him what is and isn’t. So it isn’t hard to picture that pits S.H.I.E.L.D. agents against one another, Cap and Fury included. In that setting, it’s possible that Redford’s character, ‘Alexander Pierce’ is simply an authority figure who has gone too far. But those familiar with the comic book arc that the film is based on know something else is also possible.
Especially since the central villain of Ed Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” also happens to be named Alexander — sorry, Aleksander Lukin.
A general in the Soviet Union, Aleksander Lukin eventually rose to oversee many Russian military assets, including the Winter Soldier himself. We’ll spare you the details of the entire story line, but suffice to say that Lukin is the mastermind behind the run-in between Winter Soldier and Captain America. It also happens that his character bumps up against Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), Sharon Carter (Emily Vancamp), and the Cosmic Cube of the first film.
To this point, the villains assembled to take on Cap, Maria Hill, Fury and Black Widow are hard to classify as ‘headlining’ villains – even if we’re looking forward to seeing both Frank Grillo’s ‘Crossbones’ and Georges St-Pierre’s ‘Batroc the Leaper’ in action. Even the Winter Soldier’s fight with Rogers is one that hinges on him obeying his master’s will; a master that has seemingly been missing. Until now.
If Redford has spilled the beans, and is in fact playing a disguised Aleksander Lukin, or variation on the character, then Marvel has added another incredibly promising villain to their movie ranks. Not to mention the mounting evidence that the writers are getting creative with the source material, even if calling on the comics for a new Captain America costume.
Andrew Dyce blogs at Screen Rant.