UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre Cast as ‘Captain America 2′ Villain

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

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A little over a month from now, Phase 2 of the shared Marvel cinematic universe will officially commence with the release of Iron Man 3. Production of Thor: The Dark World the next entry in the sequence leading to The Avengers 2 in 2015 – is already underway, leaving only Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to start shooting.

While both of those movies are well on their way toward rolling camera, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has seen a flurry of recent activity. After the interesting news late last week that Robert Redford was interested in joining the production, we now have received a casting update that will please fans of the Captain America comics and – oddly enough – mixed martial arts.

Latino Review has shared the scoop that MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre has been chosen to play the larcenous Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He joins two other confirmed villains for the project – Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and the returning Arnim Zola (Toby Jones).

St-Pierre (a.k.a. GSP), a native of French-speaking Quebec, is a multi-title-winning favorite of the UFC circuit. He is a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and kyokushin kaikan. He currently holds the UFC’s Welterweight Championship title.

Batroc first appeared in 1966 and has remained one of the Marvel Universe’s most enduring (and endearing) villains. A French mercenary in peak human physical condition, Batroc has regularly opposed Captain America (despite having no superpowers to speak of). Known for his garish outfit, awesome facial hair, and overall sense of joi de vivre, Batroc has a strict code of honor that has seen him turn on his more vile employers. Batroc’s track record of failure against Captain America is so extensive that it has become a running gag. Nonetheless, the character is well-liked by fans and has been consistently shown as a canny, ingenious fighter.

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St-Pierre has very little professional acting experience, having appeared only in MMA-themed, low-budget titles such as Never Surrender, Death Warrior, and Hell’s Chain. As such, it’s not a great leap (ugh) to assume that Batroc’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will almost entirely be a physical one. If Batroc is indeed only appearing in the movie to engage in an acrobatic fight sequence or two, this will probably not be a problem.

At the same time, it’s somewhat disappointing that we probably won’t see the grinning, scenery-chewing Batroc of the comics pages. Given that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being positioned as a somewhat darker, more politically minded follow-up to the pulp adventure of its predecessor, this isn’t terribly surprising.

At the very least, St-Pierre’s presence on the cast guarantees at least one serious hand-to-hand fight scene. Here’s to hoping that the movie’s production designers decide to keep the mustache.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier will leap into theaters on April 4th, 2014.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. No one in the UFC is tough enough for GSP, so he has to fight Captain America! Tres Bien!

    Redford? Maybe he’s Zemo.

  2. all i can say is he will probably do great in the role BUT he better not sleep on his training. Hendricks is coming straght for that title and i really want hendricks to win and im sure he can

    • Hendricks is a jock meat head. Ever hear him speak? He’s like half a step above one of those chimps that researchers teach to use sign language. His cardio sucks, if he can’t knock GSP out in the first 2 rounds of a 5 round fight, he’s screwed.

  3. All these characters getting cast makes me think who’s the big bad. I’m thinking that a modernised HYDRA run by Baron Zeemo and Arnim Zola which operates by having assasins do the dirty work, which would make Batroc, Crossbones and The Winter Soldier on their payroll.

  4. “Let’s Play Footsie!!”

  5. Awesome! What a great choice to cast GSP as Batroc. I hope Marvel portrays him exactly as he is in the comics, though I do find Batroc one of the more comically enlightening parts of the Ultimate Spider-Man series (whenever he does appears).

  6. There’s one major, MAJOR flaw here though.
    Batroc is supposed to be from France, right? Well, a European French accent and a Quebec French accent are vastly different. European French and Quebecois French are basically different languages.
    So if the movie presents the character as being from France, and he opens his mouth and speaks with a French Canadian accent….well, that would basically like having a character who’s supposed to be from England sound like Robert DeNiro…

    • Wow, I knew someone would complain about that. Thanks for the laugh. The movie is American, they just guaranteed that many many Canadian will watch it…and MMA fans. The French hate Captain America anyway.

      • I must say that the first time Algerian-born supposedly French Bartoc opened his mouth, EVERYONE in the theater here in Bordeaux chuckled. To every Frenchmen, the Canadian accent possess an innate comedic power XD

        But you’re right. Went to the watch the movie and the theater was near empty!
        But I loved it anyways so you’re not completely right 😉

  7. If there is a Captain America 3 movie I am hoping that it will include taskmaster, baron zemo, and the serpent society as the main villains/antagonists because lets face it this would top the first two captain America movies hands down and it would really excite captain America fans and marvel fans alike.