Marvel Studios recently announced in a statement that Martin Freeman – who is best known for playing Sherlock’s sidekick Dr. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” trilogy – will play a role not yet known in the next chapter of Captain America.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said, “From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us.
“We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Freeman won an Emmy and a BAFTA for his role as Dr. John Watson on the ongoing show “Sherlock.” In addition, he was also recently nominated for playing a small-town insurance salesman in Fargo.
Freeman debuted on the small screen in the UK version of the hit series “The Office,” where he played the role of Tim Canterbury, a sales representative.
Freeman’s work on “Sherlock,” with its fourth season slated to release next year, will not be affected by “Captain America: Civil War,” producers of the series said.
“Civil War” follows “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” whose superheroes will have to take sides with either Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., or Captain America, played by Chris Evans.
“Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity,” the synopsis read, according to E! Online.
“This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.”
The movie will also feature Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Daniel Bruhl, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman – who will play Black Panther – and possibly the Marvel Cinematic Universe-approved Spider-Man.
“Captain America: Civil War” is slated for a release on May 6, 2016.
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