Toby Jones has confirmed that he will reprise his role of Arnim Zola in the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. It had been rumored for some time that Jones would return in some capacity for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he has now confirmed as much to HeyUGuys.co.uk.
In the comics, “Zola was a genetic engineer who created clones and various monstrosities for Hitler. He also captured his own mental self, inserting it into a robot, and survived the war.” The blueprints for Zola’s robotic body can be seen briefly in the film, so could he be appearing in the sequel in his new robot body?
One part that is yet to be cast is the female lead in the film, which is allegedly Sharon Carter, the niece of Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell in the first film. Atwell confirmed a few weeks ago that she would not be returning for the sequel. The names rumored to have made the short list for the role are Jessica Brown Findlay, Emilia Clarke, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, and Alison Brie; however, no formal announcement has been made concerning the casting.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Rumored to be reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Sebastian Stan is reprising his role of James ‘Bucky’ Barnes from the first Captain America film. Stan’s character appeared to have been killed in the first film, but the character of ‘Bucky’ Barnes returns in the comic books as The Winter Soldier. Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit theaters on April 4, 2014.