Hugo Weaving Confirmed As ‘Captain America’ Villain

Hugo WeavingSource: Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios today confirmed the long running rumor that Hugo Weaving (The Matrix and LOTR trilogies) will portray Nazi supervillain The Red Skull in their coming blockbuster The First Avenger: Captain America.

He join Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Hayley Atwell in the Joe Johnston directed origin tale that will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogersvolunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. In the early comics, Johann Schmidt was drafted into loyal service of The Third Reich and renamed “The Red Skull.” The character will be updated for the feature adaptation that was penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.