[Update: Jones has been confirmed for the film. Read on for details.]
Our friends over at UGO are reporting that they’re hearing it from a close source that actor Tommy Lee Jones may be joining the cast of The First Avenger: Captain America.
Tommy Lee Jones joining the Marvel Movie Universe? Yes please!
So what would Jones’ role supposedly be in Captain America? UGO‘s source can’t say for sure, but the immediate and obvious guess (if you couldn’t tell by the title of this post) is that ol’ stone-faced-Jones would be lending his trademark gruff demeanor to some kind of WWII military figure who Cap comes in contact with.
Now, the report is still just a rumor, and even the rumor claims that Jones is simply “in negotiations” at the moment – but still, this is one of those rumors that you hope turns out true because it would be a nice layer of icing on the cake, so to speak.
Personally, since the Marvel Movies have gone with the more modern, “Ultimates” version of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), I would like to see Jones play a character that’s an homage to the original Nick Fury, leader of “The Howling Commandos,” a WWII special forces group. They could easily create such a character for The First Avenger.
Update: Superhero Hype and Marvel have confirmed that Jones is in Captain America, playing the role of General Chester Phillips, the military commander who recruits Steve Rogers into the super-soldier program that ultimately transforms him into Captain America.
Shout out to our reader “Orlando” for the heads up.
Captain America will be played by Chris Evans (The Losers). The production has recently added actress Hayley Atwell as Cap’s love interest, Sebastian Stan as Cap’s sidekick, Bucky, a rumored role for Ryan Phillippe (MacGruber) and Hugo Weaving playing the villainous Red Skull. Not a bad cast so far. Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, The Rocketeer) is directing – something that still has a lot of us feeling a bit nervous :-| .
What do you think of this rumor? Are you hoping Tommy Lee Jones is part of Captain America? Should he play the tough, gruff, soldier or perhaps something a little more off-beat?
The First Avenger: Captain America will be in theaters on July 22, 2011.
Update Source: Superhero Hype