Georges St-Pierre

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are courting some big names for small roles in their superhero sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Last week Robert Redford was announced to be in talks for the film and now it looks like one of the greatest fighters in the world has been cast, too.

Latino Review reports Georges St-Pierre, considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world and the current UFC Welterweight Champion, has been cast as a villain named Batroc the Leaper.

According to Latino-Review, here’s what you should know about Batroc:

Batroc has no superhuman abilities, but is in peak physical condition in every respect. He is an Olympic-level weightlifter and has extraordinary agility and reflexes. His leg muscles are particularly well-developed which enables him to leap great distances with the strength of an Olympic athlete. He is an expert hand-to-hand combatant and specializes in savate (French-style kickboxing). He is also a skilled military tactician, having formerly been in the French Foreign Legion.

Batroc is an experienced thief and smuggler, who also speaks French and English. Although, as a mercenary, he does not hesitate to perform any number of criminal acts for his clients, Batroc has, by his own rights, a strong sense of honor, and he will turn against any client whom he feels has unfairly deceived him into committing crimes to which he might not otherwise have agreed.

Aside from the illegal activities that sounds almost exactly like St-Pierre, making this a pretty fantastic piece of casting. Disney/Marvel refused to comment, because they don’t comment on casting until production has begun, so don’t expect official word until Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins production in the coming weeks.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, stars Chris Evans,  Sebastian StanAnthony MackieFrank GrilloToby JonesScarlett JohanssonSamuel L. JacksonCobie Smulders, Robert Redford, a reported cameo fromHayley Atwell, and Emily VanCamp as the new female lead. It is scheduled to land in theaters April 4, 2014.

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