Martin Freeman joins Captain America: Civil War

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

The Hobbit actor follows Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in joining Marvel

Not content with sharing the bill on TV smash hit Sherlock and Peter Jackson's (not quite so smashing) Hobbit films, Martin Freeman has now joined Benedict Cumberbatch by signing up with Marvel.

While Cumberbatch is set to play the title character in next year's Doctor Strange, Freeman will join Chris Evans in Captain America: Civil War.

There's no word yet on Freeman's role, but the actor's adaptability should stand him in good stead wherever they fit him in. '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 producer Kevin Feige.

As well as adeptly handling comedy and pathos in The Office, Freeman's recent performance in the Fargo TV series demonstrated a hitherto unseen dark edge. Having played the hero in The Hobbit, could this be a chance for the actor to work for the bad guys?

Captain America: Civil War is out on Fri 29 Apr 2016

Captain America: Civil War

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 27min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Written by: Christopher Markus , Stephen McFeely, Mark Millar (comic book)
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt
  • UK release: 29 April 2016

When world leaders demand that the Avengers operate under UN supervision, the team splits. If you haven't seen previous instalments it will make no sense, but if you have, all the plot points bear bittersweet fruit, in a brilliant combination of hectic action and one liners with intimate, heartbreaking moments.