Before he faces top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks inside the Octagon, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will take on Captain America on the silver screen.
St-Pierre has a squeaky clean image, but will play the bad guy in the upcoming Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier as villain Batroc the Leaper.
Latino Review first reported the news a couple of weeks ago, but Marvel on Monday confirmed St-Pierre’s role along with other movie details.
The role is perfectly suited for the Canadian mixed martial arts superstar. Batroc , a former member of the French Foreign Legion speaks both English and French. He is a physical specimen but has no superhuman abilities. He’s well versed in hand-to-hand combat and is an Olympic-level weightlifter whom has the ability to leap great distances with his powerful legs.
Batroc first appeared in Marvel comic books in 1966 as a mercenary, master thief and smuggler.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is expected to hit theaters in April 2014 and is the sequel to the 2011 blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger.
St-Pierre will star alongside Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford and others.
St-Pierre is coming off his eighth title defense, defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on March 16. He is currently on vacation. It has been reported that the champion suffered an Achilles injury prior to the title fight with Nick Diaz, but Canadian UFC officials reported on Tuesday that St-Pierre is “A-Ok” and has already done some sprint training.
He is scheduled to face No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks in his next bout. The date and location of the title bout has yet to be announced.