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Robert Redford Joining 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'? Whaaaaaaaat?!

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They are two of America's greatest icons: Captain America and Robert Redford. One is a costumed champion of liberty. The other is a square-jawed, blue-eyed idol to millions. But ask yourself this: Have you ever seen them together at the same time?

It makes you wonder, right? But while it might seem like Robert Redford actually is Captain America, it turns out that they are different people — and they may indeed be about to appear side-by-side, as according to the The Hollywood Reporter, Redford is close to signing a deal to appear in the 2014 superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Face it, baseball and apple pie: You just got pwned.

So just what will Redford be doing in his first superhero film? Well, here's what we know about "Captain America: Winter Soldier:" After being revived by SHIELD at the end of "Captain America: The First Avenger," Chris Evans' star-spangled hero is still trying to adapt to the modern world when he's thrown a curveball in the form of the deadly Russian assassin The Winter Soldier. But Winter Solider isn't Russian at all — he's actually Cap's best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who survived his apparent death in World War II only to be captured by the Soviets, brainwashed and placed in hibernation, only to be thawed out when new targets need killing.

None of that exactly screams Robert Redford, but The Hollywood Reporter says that Redford "will be playing an older member of secret government agency SHIELD" whose role is "similar to the one played by Ralph Fiennes as M’s replacement in last year’s James Bond movie 'Skyfall.'"

That suggests that Redford may actually be appearing as an older version of Dum-Dum Dugan, the rough and tumble WWII sergeant who was played in "Captain America: The First Avenger" by Neal McDonoguh. In the comics, the post-war Dum-Dum Dugan eventually ended up becoming Nick Fury's second in command as Deputy Director of SHIELD.

Whatever the case, the idea of a Hollywood legend joining a comic book movie is fantastic, especially since it means a whole new generation of fans will be introduced to Redford's amazing talents. Which is no doubt an opportunity the founder of Sundance is quite aware of.

After all, no matter who he ends up playing in the film, the guy is no Dum-Dum.

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