We've got another really cool casting update for Captain America: The Winter Soldier! According to the boys over at Latino Review MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre has been cast in the film! They also reveal that he'll be playing a character named Batroc the Leaper, which he seems perfect for. Not familiar with this character? Here's a rundown...
Batroc has no superhuman abilities, but is in peak physical condition in every respect. He is an Olympic-level weightlifter and has extraordinary agility and reflexes. His leg muscles are particularly well-developed which enables him to leap great distances with the strength of an Olympic athlete. He is an expert hand-to-hand combatant and specializes in savate (French-style kickboxing). He is also a skilled military tactician, having formerly been in the French Foreign Legion.
Batroc is an experienced thief and smuggler, who also speaks French and English. Although, as a mercenary, he does not hesitate to perform any number of criminal acts for his clients, Batroc has, by his own rights, a strong sense of honor, and he will turn against any client whom he feels has unfairly deceived him into committing crimes to which he might not otherwise have agreed.
Once, Batroc came into conflict with Captain America when he believed he was dying from the breakdown of the Super Soldier serum. Batroc, moved by the Captain’s sense of “honor,” declared that he would concede defeat and grant Cap’s desire. Cap wished that just one of his former enemies would turn away from his life of crime. Genuinely moved, Batroc declared he would do this. However, Batroc soon returned to his mercenary/criminal activities.
It will be interesting to see how they end up working him into the film's story. Do you think St-Pierre will make a solid addiction to the cast?
The actor joins Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, and it was recently reported that Robert Redford has joined the cast and that he'll play a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Pierce.
The film picks up where The Avengers leaves off, with Steve Rogers trying to adapt in this new modern world that he lives in. It arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on April 4th, 2014.