Captain America: Brave New World | Giancarlo Esposito joins cast

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As Captain America: Brave New World undergoes more reshoots, actor Giancarlo Esposito has reportedly joined the cast.

Once set for a July release before being subjected to a lengthy delay, Captain America: Brave New World is currently undergoing a round of reshoots. In the meantime, it’s being reported that Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito has belatedly joined the cast.

Those reshoots are ongoing in Atlanta, Georgia, and will reportedly last for 22 days. Principal photography on the Captain America sequel wrapped over two years ago in spring 2023, but early test screenings prompted Marvel to push its release date back in order for new sequences to be shot.

There have been reports that several major scenes originally filmed have since been edited out, and that the reshoots have been ordered to beef up the action sequences which “were not big or satisfying enough” according to Daniel Richtman's sources.

It’s currently unknown who Esposito will play, though The Hollywood Reporter suggests he’ll play a villain.

Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl Is Trouble, Luce), Captain America: Brave New World will star Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, taking over from outgoing Cap Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Its plot, said to be a grounded action thriller, will continue from Marvel TV series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, with that show’s writers, Dalan Musson and Malcolm Spellman, hired to write the script.

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Other writers have since made their own contributions, however, with Matthew Orton hired in December to write those new scenes currently being filmed in Atlanta.

It all sounds a bit messy, but then Marvel movies are often subjected to rewrites and reshoots; as The Hollywood Reporter points out, both Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness and The Marvels went through a similar process, and the outlet’s sources suggest that Brave New World's revisions are less extensive than either of those films.

Whoever Esposito has been hired to play, it sounds as though it’ll be a major character with a recurring role in the Marvel universe. “The MCU has knocked on my door and it’s a role you won’t predict,” the actor said in May. “It will be teased and there will be a series afterwards.”

Captain America: Brave New World is due for release on the 14th February 2025.

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