Harrison Ford will play Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in Captain America: New World Order for Marvel Studios, according to film reporter Jeff Sneider and sources with /Film. The 80-year-old actor and Indiana Jones star is replacing William Hurt in the role, who died in March this year, a week before his 72nd birthday, due to prostate cancer. Hurt played Thaddeus Ross in various Marvel films, including 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, in which he shares a significant post-credit scene with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
UPDATE via THE HOT MIC podcast: We’re hearing Harrison Ford HAS, in fact, been cast as Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, who is expected to make his first appearance in… CAPTAIN AMERICA 4.https://t.co/lCaywJyP6G— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) October 13, 2022
From a /Film report:
We’ve known since this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that a “Thunderbolts” movie would officially bring Phase 5 to a close, confirming previous reports that the comic book team-up extravaganza was in active development with the studio. Based on traditional depictions of the team in the comics, fans safely expected a roster made up of characters such as Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost, and more. Many also assumed that Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross would also play a significant role in the film. Unfortunately, the untimely passing of actor William Hurt threw a wrench into those plans, but Marvel hasn’t missed a step.
We can independently confirm that the news announced live on The Hot Mic With John Rocha and Jeff Sneider is in fact true. The role of Thaddeus Ross will be recast with — yep, you’re reading this correctly — Harrison Ford.
Captain America: New World Order isn’t slated for release until May 3, 2024, but Harrison Ford will be back on the silver screen next year for Indiana Jones 5, his fifth outing as the iconic adventurer introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is directed by James Mangold and slated for release on June 30, 2023.