The Disney+ MCU series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is a hit with fans of the superhero film franchise for its focus on Captain America’s partners from two different times, Sam “Falcon” Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky “Winter Soldier” Barnes (Sebastian Stan). But just as important is the antagonist they face in John Walker, the new government-endorsed Cap. Walker is played in his lantern-jawed, soldierly and dark glory by Wyatt Russell, son of veteran actor Kurt Russell. Even as he is busy in the series Wyatt has been connected to rumors that he will be involved in the remake of one his father’s action classics, something he has denied.
According to IGN, Wyatt Russell is very much not interested in taking over the action hero role made famous by his father Kurt Russell: that of ex-military criminal and reluctant spec-ops agent Snake Plissken from 1981’s “Escape from New York” and 1996’s “Escape from L.A.” Wyatt especially debunks speculation that he has been approached to star in a remake of the first film that is said to have been bounced around in development since 2019. In fact, he would turn down being Snake if approached.
The younger Russell makes his stand clear during an interview with Esquire magazine, in response to a fan question about the “Escape from New York” reboot that reportedly has Leigh Whannell, co-creator of horror franchise “Saw,” on board as writer-director. “There will be no Snake reboot from me,” says Wyatt. “That’s like career suicide 101. That’s like what not to do.” The actor says he cannot think of anyone but his father Kurt being Snake Plissken, opining that finding another actor to replace him is impossible. Wyatt adds that if he ever accepted the role he can only expect to receive hate mail from fans.
The son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Wyatt Russell has a promising acting career with roles in the same genres his father excelled in, from movies “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011), “22 Jump Street” (2014), and “Overlord” (2018) as well as TV series “The Walking Dead: The Oath” (2013) and “Lodge 49” (2018-19). Trying to build his own repertoire without copying anything from Kurt seems to be Wyatt’s chosen move (he did have a minor supporting role in “Escape from L.A.”). Taking a dip in superhero franchises like the MCU looks like one way for him to stand out uniquely.
Running only six episodes, the MCU series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has already released five of its total, and will conclude this coming Friday, April 23 on Disney+.
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