Key villain role in Marvel/Disney pic goes to 'End of Watch' actor

Frank Grillo has landed the role of the villainous Crossbones in Marvel and Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

A key villain in Captain America’s rogues gallery, character debuted in 1989 as Brock Rumlow, a leader of the Savage Crims gang in New York’s lower East Side before joining a school for criminals and later becoming a henchman of the Red Skull under the code name Crossbones.

Grillo tweeted last week that he had tested for a role in the “Captain America” sequel, and hinted of the character with the hashtag “bones.” Thesp most recently appeared in “End of Watch,” “The Grey” and “Warrior,” and will next have supporting roles in “Gangster Squad” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Chris Evans returns as the star-spangled hero in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (who becomes assassin the Winter Soldier), Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson. Anthony Mackie will play Cap ally The Falcon.

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are helming the actioner from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Pic is dated for an April 4, 2014 release.

Grillo is repped by CAA and Management 360.

(Justin Kroll contributed to this report).

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