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Martin Freeman joins Captain America: Civil War

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH actor Martin Freeman is joining the Marvel universe.

The Sherlock and Hobbit luminary is joining superhero sequel Captain America: Civil War, according to a statement released by the studio.

Freeman will be playing an unnamed character in the follow-up to 2014’s box office smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier alongside returning cast members Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Robert Downey Jr. making his Captain America debut.

Like its predecessor, Civil War will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who are also attached to Marvel’s Avengers franchise with 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement that Freeman’s “range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us”.

He added that the studio “couldn’t be more honoured or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe”.

Ironically, Freeman’s Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch has already signed up to the Marvel brand as Doctor Strange in a movie due to be released in 2016.

Captain America: Civil War will also be released that year and is currently shooting now.

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