The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Harrison Ford will play General Ross in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, a role previously played by William Hurt.
Ford will play Ross in Captain America: New World Order, which will star Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, a character he has played for many years in Marvel films. The movie also stars Shira Haas, Tim Blake Nelson, and Carl Lumbly. Malcolm Spellman, the creator of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, will co-write the script with series staff writer Dalan Musson. Spellman, along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, will produce the film, which will be directed by Julius Onah from The Cloverfield Paradox. The film follows the events of Marvel Disney+’s 2021 series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, in which Wilson finally accepts the mantle and shield of Captain America.
In addition to Captain America 4, Ford will play Ross in Thunderbolts, the film about a group of supervillains that’s basically the MCU’s version of The Suicide Squad. The film will feature a number of Marvel’s most popular anti-heroes, including (Wyat Russell) John Walker of FATWS, (Sebastian Stan) Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier, (Florence Pugh) Yelena Belova, and Hannah John-Kamen) Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Ava Starr (- for an extremely secret mission that could prove fatal for some of them.
It will be directed by Jake Schreier and released on July 26, 2024. This news was first reported by the podcast The Hot Mic With Jeff Sneider and John Rocha.
William Hurt made his acting debut in 2008’s Incredible Hulk and reprised his role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as the Secretary of State tasked with enforcing the Sokovia Accords intended to curtail the Avengers’ activities. He made brief appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame prior to his final appearance as Ross in 2021’s Black Widow. Later, Hurt, who was 71 at the time, passed away unexpectedly in early 2022.
Although this will be Ford’s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has experience in franchise filmmaking, having directed both Star Wars and Indiana Jones films over the years. The actor will reprise his role as the intrepid archeologist in Indiana Jones 5, which is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023.
Watch to see if he gets fed up with MCU fans’ questions.
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