Sebastian Stan Cast as Captain America's WWII Sidekick Bucky
by Ethan Anderton
April 1, 2010
By now we all know that Chris Evans is suiting up as The First Avenger: Captain America, but that didn't mean it was the end of the road for one of the other actors on the shortlist to play the red, white and blue clad hero as Deadline & Heat Vision (both claiming an "exclusive" again) report that Sebastian Stan has signed on to play Bucky Barnes, the loyal sidekick to Captain America. Stan is best known for his role on "Gossip Girl," but most recently appeared as an asshole villainous ski patrolman of sorts in Hot Tub Time Machine and has just recently finished shooting a role in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, so he's no slouch.
In the simplest terms, Bucky is to Captain America what Robin is to Batman (his sidekick and friend, in a sense). Here's a breakdown of Bucky's origin and most likely a good hint at how he might develop in this:
After losing his father, a soldier, at a young age during World War II, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes was adopted as the mascot for Camp Lehigh and nicknamed "Bucky." There he stumbled upon the secret identity of Captain America and quickly became Cap's sidekick, undergoing rigorous training. Bucky certainly got his hands dirty, doing all the brutal jobs that needed to be done. He'd sneak into enemy territory undetected, swiftly clearing a path for the U.S. soldiers and Captain America to come in and clean house.
Later in Marvel's comic book mythology, Bucky would become The Winter Soldier after (spoilers ahead) being brought back from the dead, not to mention that he eventually becomes Captain America after Steve Rogers' death, which just happened in 2008. No word on just how much of Bucky's story will come through in The First Avenger: Captain America, but his inclusion at least means he'll presumably have somewhat of a significant impact on the film and its hero. I'm looking forward to seeing what Stan can do in this role next to Evans. Anyone else excited about Bucky's inclusion? Do you approve of this casting choice?