After a lengthy period of casting hoopla for the title role in Joe Johnston’s adaptation of Marvel Entertainments and Paramount Pictures The First Avenger: Captain America came to a close last week when news of Chris Evans accepted the offer, Variety reports that Sebastian Stan will portray Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers’ equally patriotic right hand man on the front lines of World War II.
For the uninformed, Bucky is a key character in the Captain America comic books. An orphan who discovers Cap’s true identity and partners up with him to fight the Nazi’s, he later comes back from supposed death as the Winter Soldier and even has a stint as the Star Spangled Super Soldier after the assassination of Steve Rogers in 2008.
Stan’s deal, like most who are in business with Marvel, covers Johnston’s film as well as potential Captain America sequels and other projects that inhabit the same cinematic universe, including The Avengers, which is slated for a May 2012 release.
For those who have been following this film’s lengthy casting quest that took place over the first quarter of 2010, Stan’s involvement should come as no surprise – he was one of many actors who had screen tested for the coveted title role. Lucky for him, he’ll still get to gear up for what is sure to be a blockbuster of epic proportions.