Entertainment TV Wyatt Russell Reveals He Originally Auditioned to Play Captain America Before Chris Evans Was Cast The actor now stars as "the new Captain America" on the Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 26, 2021 11:17 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Good Morning America Wyatt Russell has had a full circle moment. While appearing virtually on Good Morning America Friday, the 34-year-old actor shared details about his role on the Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and how the part is one that he was apparently destined to play. Chatting with the GMA co-hosts, Russell spoke about how his first-ever audition was for the role of Captain America in Marvel's original film of the character — a part that eventually went to Chris Evans. On The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Russell now stars as a new character, who viewers have only heard his role referred to as "the new Captain America." Calling the ordeal a "fun story," Russell said, "I think that honestly, 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, but it was crazy." His new role on the Marvel series, Russell added, was one he had "no idea" about during the audition process, only learning more about the part after he was officially cast. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan Team Up in Final Trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier The Falcon and the Winter Soldier features an epic team-up of former Avengers Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The six-episode series, created by Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland, also stars Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Russell as John F. Walker, or "the new Captain America." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Eli Ade/© Marvel Studios 2021 When asked if his character is a "good guy or a bad guy" during his GMA appearance, Russell played coy and gave no hints whatsoever. "You're gonna have to find out," the actor said during the morning broadcast, before he joked that there was "two men in black suits with red dots trained on my forehead." RELATED VIDEO: Anthony Mackie Jokes About Why His Kids Don't Care About Him Being Marvel Superhero The Falcon Later in his GMA chat, Russell also spoke about another big role he has taken on — fatherhood! Russell and his wife, Meredith Hagner, welcomed their first child together, son Buddy Prine Russell, earlier this month. "It's everything everybody says it is," Russell, who is the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, said. "The best way I can describe it ... is every love song you've ever heard is not about your partner, it's about your kid." "It's crazy," he added. "The feeling, you can't describe it." The GMA co-hosts then presented Russell with a gift for his newborn son, a GMA-themed onesie.