Captain America: the Winter Soldier Starts Production with 1st Official Image

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Steve Rogers is taking up the shield once again in this first official shot from the set.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has begun shooting in Los Angeles today and will continue to shoot in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington DC in the coming months. Along with the image, Disney provided a press release that announced the full cast, including such notable additions as Robert Redford as Agent Alexander Pierce, a high ranking leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. They also confirm that Avengers castmates Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L Jackson will will join Chris Evans in the film as the Black Widow, Agent Maria Hill, and Nick Fury respectively. Other notable additions, previously announced, include Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow (also known as Crossbones, though not clearly named as such in the release), and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, likely to become a love interest for Steve Rogers, as fans know her also as Sharon Carter, granddaughter of Steve’s former love Peggy Carter. Then there’s the fact that they included the character Batroc in the film at all. For years, he’s been seen as a bit of a joke, often called “Batroc the Leaper”, because he jumps around when he fights, spouting French cliches. However, it looks like they were smart to keep “the Leaper” off the name and cast Georges St-Pierre, a Canadian mixed-martial artist and current Welterweight Champion in the UFC. If you were ever going to make Batroc a legitimate bad guy, you make him a French Canadian guy who probably could literally kick your ass.

Of course, there’s also the confirmed casting of the Winter Soldier, but we comic book fans already knew who to expect in the role. For those who don’t know who the Winter Soldier is and would rather be kept in the dark, you might want to skip reading the official press release below.

Press Release:

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

Image: Marvel Entertainment/Disney

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