March 26 (UPI) -- Wyatt Russell says he auditioned for the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.
Russell plays John Walker, aka Captain America, in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which premiered last week. On GMA, Russell said landing the role now was "sort of" a full-circle moment.
"I think it's a fun story," the star said. "Honestly, I think the first audition was really more just something to read to see if I was any good at acting or not. I don't think I was ever actually in competition for the role."
"It was crazy, and this time it came around. This time I had no idea even what it was. It was just like, Marvel wants you to read for something. Go for it, and then I found out after I got the part what it was."
Evans played Captain America in seven films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the 2019 movie Avengers: Endgame. The actor is expected to appear in future films in the franchise.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, respectively.
In the new series, Russell's Walker is a soldier and the U.S. government's choice to replace Rogers (Evans) as Captain America. Russell refused to say on GMA whether his character is a good guy or a villain.
"Oh, you're going to have to find that out," he said.