The Cap gets his Robin. And with this news the gay jokes officially begin.
Sebastian Stan, perhaps best known for his roles in Gossip Girl and NBC’s ill-fated series Kings, is set to portray Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America. He joins Chris Evans who is already cast as the titular hero. Stan unsurprisingly has a multi-picture contract that encompasses both future Captain America and Avengers films.
Captain America originated during a period of comic book history when seemingly ever hero needed a young male sidekick. In the comics Bucky Barnes died while helping Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, defeat Nazis during World War II. Later, however, it was revealed that Barnes lived and had been brainwashed into serving the Soviets as an assassin dubbed the Winter Soldier. Barnes eventually becomes the new Captain America upon Steve Rogers’ death. Do these details presage the plotline for the new film? I suppose we’ll find out in 2011.