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Captain America: 'Hurt Locker' actor may sign on for sequel

'Hurt Locker' actor Anthony Mackie may sign on for the movie titled 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.'

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Details are being kept under wraps, with regards to what elements from Falcon’s comic history will be retained for the Captain America sequel. The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is said to take place primarily in the present-day, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) carries out missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. Moreover, recent rumors have suggested the film will be heavily oriented around the organization and its employees (including, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)). Hence, it’s entirely possible that Sam Wilson will already be a S.H.I.E.L.D. employee, at the beginning of Captain America 2.

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There’s also been unsubstantiated talk about how directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Community) are going to structure The Winter Soldier as a grounded, globe-trotting espionage thriller. Such a maneuver could set the stage for Cap and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. employees (Black Widow, Hawkeye, and perhaps Falcon) to encounter the eponymous villain, working for a foreign enemy – and thus, force Steve Rogers to reconcile his past in a most unexpected (and painful) way, with the knowledge that his onetime friend has become a bitter foe.

Mackie, for his part, has seen his star rise rapidly these past three years, following his turns in The Hurt Locker, Notorious, Adjustment Bureau, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (among other films). He doesn’t look to lose momentum anytime soon either, with roles in this fall’s Gangster Squad and Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain on the horizon, in addition to Captain America 2.

The actor will (hopefully) get a healthy amount of screen time while playing Falcon in Captain America 2 – and future installments – seeing how it does take him out of the running as a contender to portray Black Panther in Marvel’s shared movie universe.

Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.

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