Bilbo Baggins himself is headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year’s highly anticipated third Captain America film.
Announced today directly by Marvel, actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, BBC’s “Sherlock”) has joined the cast of next May’s Captain America: Civil War in an unspecified role. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the head producer on all Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, released a statement on the casting, saying,
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. We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Freeman joins an already sizable cast for the film, which will feature Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, and Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo. Civil War is also expected to introduce the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Spider-Man, which actor Asa Butterfield is reportedly the frontrunner for.
While it’s possible that Freeman will be playing an existing comic book character, it’s also likely he’ll be playing someone original due to the expected political threads that Civil War will be contending with as a reaction to the events of both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Freeman is following in the steps of “Sherlock” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also recently announced to be joining the MCU as Doctor Stephen Strange in that character’s upcoming solo film.
Captain America: Civil War will be written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. It will hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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