The Hobbit Star Joins Marvel

The Hobbit‘s Martin Freeman has joined the cast of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. The British actor will make his Marvel Universe debut in an as-yet undisclosed role.

“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,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the announcement released today. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

The Hobbit and “Sherlock” star will appear alongside Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Bruhl in the next installment of the Cap franchise which is due out May 6, 2016. Most recently the actor has been seen hosting “SNL” and has filmed Tina Fey’s untitled wartime black comedy. So, Freeman and his “Sherlock” co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the same Universe, again. Cumberbatch previously signed on to play Doctor Strange in the 2016 movie based on the character.

The follow-up to 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, actually follows the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron when the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.