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Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier to begin shoot next March

Chris Evans' Captain America, who also had a starring role in Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble.

The sequel to the Marvel film Captain America - Captain America: The Winter Soldier – will begin filming in March 2013.

The follow-up to the Chris Evans-led movie – one of a number of Marvel sequels in production – will have a 13 month production starting in spring next year.

Anthony and Joe Russo are directing the project, which has a release date of 4 April 2014.

Casting is ongoing for the film’s lead female role, with British actresses Imogen Poots (28 Days Later, Comes a Bright Day) and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, The Invisible Woman) and American actress Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight) all being auditioned for the role.

Former love interest Hayley Atwell will not be returning, but the new leading lady is likely to be Sharon Carter, a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and a descendant of Atwell’s character from the first film.

Sebastian Stan will return as the film’s primary antagonist - the titular Winter Soldier, a Russian assassin.  Anthony Mackie (The Hust Locker, Half Nelson) will have a chance at the mainstream after he was cast in the character of Falcon, a character who derives his powers from a suit which allows him to fly and—in the comics at least—can telepathically talk to birds. Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to have a larger role in the film.

Thor 2 recently began filming, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the lead character.

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