'Rush' Star Daniel Bruhl Joins Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'
Fans are already excited about Captain America: Civil War because they know it's taking a cue from the iconic Marvel comic book storyline that pits the title patriot (played by Chris Evans) against ally Tony Stark, and Robert Downey Jr. has already been confirmed to star in the sequel as well. Otherwise, the only other name slated to appear in the film is Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, one of Marvel's new superheroes for Phase Three of their cinematic universe. But now we have word straight from Marvel that Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl has landed a part in the film, and it's reportedly a villain role.
Bruhl has already sort of faced off against an Avengers since Chris Hemsworth starred opposite the actor in Rush. The two played rival race car drivers in the Ron Howard film, and Bruhl was incredible, and I firmly believe he was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor last year. However, we don't know what specific bad guy Bruhl will play in the film, as Deadline (who added that little tidbit about what kind of character he's playing) didn't have that information.
Initially, it seemed like having Captain America and Tony Stark at odds was going to be enough of a battle, but it turns out there might be another villain in play, but again, we're not sure who he could be playing. Considering that Bruhl is German, it might be a smart bet that he could take over the role of Red Skull from Hugo Weaving, who wasn't too keen on returning as the villain as of a couple years ago. The villain hasn't been guaranteed to be dead as he was sucked into the cosmos at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, and anything can happen in the comic book world. We'll just have to wait and see. Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, arrives on May 6th, 2016.
UPDATE: Variety adds in their report that Daniel Bruhl isn't playing the main villain in Captain America: Civil War, but the character could end up being the primary antagonist in Doctor Strange. That takes Red Skull out of the equation, so fans of Doctor Strange will have to start guessing who he could play instead. My guess would be Baron Mordo, since it wouldn't be hard to make him a villain like Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) from the credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and then have him show up down the road.