EXCLUSIVE: It’s official. Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones franchise) will be taking over the Marvel role of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, beginning with Phase 5 title Captain America: New World Order. He’ll star opposite Anthony Mackie, with Shira Haas, Tim Blake Nelson and Carl Lumbly also among the ensemble.
Ford’s Captain America casting had been in the rumor mill for some time, with The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider among those speaking to it of late. While the new film’s plot is being kept under wraps, Mackie will reprise his role as Sam Wilson, who assumed the mantle of Captain America in Disney+’s hit series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Julius Onah will serve as the pic’s director.
Ford’s General Ross is a top-ranking military official, first introduced in the Marvel comics in 1962, who comes to lead the team of anti-heroes known as the Thunderbolts. The actor assumes the role played by Oscar winner William Hurt in films ranging from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk through 2021’s Black Widow, prior to his death in March at 71.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator Malcolm Spellman wrote the script for the upcoming superhero pic with the show’s staff writer Dalan Musson and will produce alongside Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Captain America: New World Order is the fourth film set for Marvel’s Phase 5, with titles including Thunderbolts and Blade to follow. The pic’s slated for release on May 3, 2024.
The Fugitive Oscar nominee Ford is a screen icon known for turns in franchises ranging from Star Wars to Indiana Jones and Blade Runner, along with such big-screen titles as Witness, Air Force One, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and American Graffiti. He’ll reprise his role as the globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones for the franchise’s untitled fifth film, slated for release on June 30, and also will topline the upcoming Apple comedy series Shrinking.
The actor is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
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