The fourth Captain America the film now has its director: Julius Onah.
According The Hollywood Reporter, the Nigerian-American filmmaker has been tapped by Marvel Studios to direct the next chapter in the Captain America saga. Anthony Mackie will star, returning to his longtime role as Sam Wilson. “But not, however, [as] Wilson’s longtime alter ego and Captain America’s sidekick, Falcon…thanks to the events of [the] Marvel/Disney+ 2021 series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldierwhich saw Wilson, after much doubting himself, finally accept Captain America’s shield and mantle,” adds THR.
Onah was first discovered by Spike Lee, who produced his first shorts after being impressed with the director’s thesis project at NYU. He then collaborated with JJ Abrams on The Cloverfield Paradox in 2018 — a film set in the Cloverfield universe which garnered attention for its unique marketing campaign, but failed to resonate with critics. In 2019, he directed the dark drama Luce, which starred Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Octavia Spencer and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the title role. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Luce garnered three Indie Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director.
Malcolm Spellman, creator and editor of The Falcon and the Winter Soldierwill write the script for the new film with Dalan Musson, who previously served as the series’ screenwriter.
Neither plot details nor a production schedule for the film have been disclosed at this time.
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