Harrison Ford to Star as General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in ‘Captain America: New World Order’

Anthony Mackie is attached to star

Harrison Ford (Getty Images)
Harrison Ford (Getty Images)

Harrison Ford is set to star as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in “Captain America: New World Order” after being heavily rumored for weeks to be taking the role.

Anthony Mackie, who recently took over Captain America’s shield in the Disney+ series in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is set to star in the fourth untitled “Captain America” movie.

Ford takes over the role from William Hurt who passed away earlier this year. In 2008, Hurt joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thunderbolt in “The Incredible Hulk.” He would go on to reprise the role in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016, with additional cameos in “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Widow.”

Julius Onah (“The Cloverfield Paradox”) will direct the film from a screenplay by “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” head writer Malcolm Spellman.

Chris Evans originated the Captain America role in the MCU as WWII-era soldier-turned-superhero Steve Rogers in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but retired the shield at the end of 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.” Mackie’s Sam Wilson is the current wielder of the shield and is expected to continue doing so in the new film.

Last year, TheWrap reported that Evans was in talks to reprise his role as Captain America in some capacity for the MCU. Evans’ return was reported as unlikely to be a new “Captain America” installment, but rather an appearance in an untitled Marvel project with an option for a second film.

In “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Wilson decided to forgo taking up the Captain America mantle, prompting the U.S. government to temporarily give it to John Walker (Wyatt Russell). The series also starred Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier.

Monday’s news was first reported by the podcast The Hot Mic.

A rep for Marvel Studios declined to comment.