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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Casting Update

Captain America's solo movie is getting quite the ensamble cast.

In the office yesterday I overheard part of a conversation about The Avengers being such a big cast and then Iron Man 3 appearing to focus on just one guy. This was coming from a non-comic book reader but the thought was it was going to be a little weird to go from such a big movie to one with a more narrow focus. Now we could make the argument that having a smaller focus means a bigger story for those involved.

Either way, for Captain America's next solo movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's almost as if the Hollywood execs overheard the conversation. The cast for the movie is growing more than we realized.

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It was confirmed yesterday that that Frank Grillo had been cast as Crossbones in the movie. Grillo has previously appeared in End of Watch and The Grey among other films. Of course we know that Sebastian Stan is returning as Bucky Barnes and the story is set to take on the Winter Soldier arc.

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Aside from these two, Variety also reported on other casting additions. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders will reprise her Maria Hill role and Scarlett Johansson will appear as Black Widow once again. All of this is making the story fall closer to what we had in the comics. Will we find out that Black Widow and Bucky had a relationship in the past before Captain America was revived?

Another casting addition is Anthony Mackie as Falcon. Mackie was in Reel Steel and The Hurt Locker.

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I was excited for this movie before but this is definitely amping up my expectations. We'll have to wait until April 4, 2014 to see the movie.