Martin Freeman joins cast of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

'Sherlock' star joins Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson in the superhero sequel

Martin Freeman has joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War.

Marvel shared the news on its official site last night (May 5), but did not reveal which role the Sherlock actor will be playing in the superhero sequel. “From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in The Office, Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us,” Marvel’s Kevin Feige said. “We couldn’t be more honoured or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Directors the Russo Brothers started shooting Captain America: Civil War last month (April) for a May 6, 2016 release date. Chris Evans’ title character will be joined in the sequel by Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, as well as by Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon.

Chadwick Boseman, the star of last year’s James Brown biopic Get On Up, will also appear in Captain America: Civil War as another iconic superhero, Black Panther. Meanwhile, Rush/Inglourious Basterds actor Daniel Brühl will play a super-villain called Baron Nemo.

Following the landmark deal between Marvel and Sony Pictures in February, Spider-Man is set to appear in a Marvel movie for the first time, and it is widely expected that the webslinger will make his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War, though this has yet to be confirmed.