Sebastian Stan, one of the actors who tested for the title role of Marvel’s “Captain America” which ultimately went to Chris Evans, has nabbed the key role of Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes.
In comic book lore, Barnes, a teenaged orphan, was too young to join the army but became one camp’s mascot. When he discovered Captain America’s identity, he joined Captain America as a partner in his Nazi-fighting escapades. The character died in Captain America’s final World War II adventure.
After decades of being “dead,” the character was revived in 2005 and brought back into modern comic continuity, initially as a covert assassin named Winter Soldier.
It is not clear if the movie version of Barnes sets up the Winter Soldier identity. Marvel would only confirm that Stan is playing Barnes.
Insiders also say Stan has signed on for five or six pictures.
Shooting on the Joe Johnston-directed pic starts this summer in Europe.Stan, repped by CAA and Brookside Management, starred in NBC’s short-lived “Kings” and had a stint on the CW’s “Gossip Girl.” His feature film career has been on a roll of late, having recently appeared in “Hot Tub Time Machine" and wrapped the Joel Silver-produced thriller “The Apparition” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan."