The cast for Marvel's upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is absolutely stacked. You've got names like Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, William Hurt, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, and the list just goes on and on. One name that's been mentioned plenty is Martin Freeman, because we know he's in the film, but we haven't been told who he's playing. Freeman's known for THE HOBBIT trilogy, BBC's crossover hit series' SHERLOCK and THE OFFICE, and 2014's popular FX show FARGO. So the fact that he was cast in the film is kind of a big deal, as he's fairly hot these days. Now, thanks to Empire, we finally have confirmation on who the British thesp is playing.
Drum roll, please...
Martin Freeman is playing Everett Ross. He's a Marvel character that has been closely tied to BLACK PANTHER over the years. Here's his Wikipedia bio:
"Everett K. Ross was U.S. State Department employee, whose job was to escort foreign diplomats on American soil. His world changed forever when he was assigned to T'Challa, the Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda.
Everett and T'Challa faced multiple threats to Wakanda's sovereignty. Ross assists him in many of these threats. In gratitude, the Panther often risks much for Ross in return. The first threat he and Ross encounter is 'Xcon', an alliance of rogue intelligence agents backing a coup led by the Reverend Achebe.
As an expert on Wakanda, Ross worked as an adviser alongside government officials and the National Security Agency. He was Part of a meeting at the White House about Wakanda.
Ross later acts as a liaison for Shuri, the younger sister of Black Panther, during her first goodwill visit to the United States. When their convoy is attacked by assassins, Ross is saved by Shuri."
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, which will also feature Tom Holland's debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, comes out on May 6.
PS. What're the chances they play up some sort of relation to Hurt's General "Thunderbolt" Ross? I know they share no relation in the books, but having two characters with the last name Ross feature into the main plot might've opened up that possibility for the film's writers.