Giancarlo Esposito Joins Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Brave New World’

Weeks after Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito teased that he would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe “sooner than you think,” Variety can confirm that he will appear in “Captain America: Brave New World,” which will hit theaters next year.

Esposito revealed earlier this month that he had been cast in a Marvel project during a panel at CCXP in Brazil. There, he quelled fan speculation that he would play Professor X in the widely anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe version of “X-Men.”

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“There’s something about being original. We’ve seen different versions of Professor X,” Esposito told the audience. “Wouldn’t you like to see me play a character in a Marvel movie that’s original, new and fresh? So mark my words: this will happen sooner than you think.”

Esposito’s role in “Brave New World” is kept secret (although it is described as villainous). The Marvel film will receive additional photography ahead of its theatrical release date of February 14, 2025.

Anthony Mackie returns as Sam Wilson, now the new Captain America. An action-packed first look debuted during Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon in April, where Marvel chief Kevin Feige compared the film to 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and described it as “another fast-paced, relatively grounded action thriller.” The footage shows Wilson saving Harrison Ford’s Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, now the President of the United States, from a group of brainwashed assassins.

Directed by Julius Onah, the film also stars Danny Ramirez, Shira Haas, Liv Tyler, Tim Blake Nelson and Rosa Salazar. It was originally scheduled for release on July 26, 2024, but was pushed back to Valentine’s Day 2025 in a rescheduling round following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Principal photography was completed before the strike, but Marvel Studios added screenwriter Matthew Orton in December to write additional pages ahead of reshoots scheduled for the spring. Presumably Esposito will play an important role in those scenes.

The critically acclaimed actor is best known for his fierce performances in dramas like “Breaking Bad” and the prequel series “Better Call Saul,” where his turn as Gus Fring earned him three Emmy nominations. But Esposito is also a veteran of genre entertainment, earning two more Emmy nods for his work as the Darskaber-wielding antagonist Moff Gideon in the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.” He also played the nefarious former Vought CEO Stan Edgar on ‘The Boys’ and voiced Lex Luther in DC’s ‘Harley Quinn’ series about Max.

Esposito will next be seen in A24’s “MaXXXine” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis,” which debuted in Cannes earlier this month. He is represented by CAA, manager Josh Kesselman and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

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