Stanley Tucci Will Create Captain America

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

Marvel Studios has announced that actor Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) is going to be joining the cast of Captain America: The First Avenger, adding yet another big name to the cast, alongside recent additions Tommy Lee Jones, Toby Jones (W) and Neal McDonough (Minority Report).

Tucci will be playing Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who runs “Project Rebirth”, the military super-soldier experiment which transforms Steven Rogers (Chris Evans) into Captain America.

Here is the official press release from Marvel Studios:

Marvel Studios announced today that Oscar® nominated actor Stanley Tucci has been cast to star as Dr. Abraham Erskine in the studio’s highly anticipated movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opposite Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, and Hayley Atwell.  In the early comics, Dr. Erskine was a German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier known as Captain America.  Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.  Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce.  The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Tucci’s credits include JULIE & JULIA, Peter Jackson’s THE LOVELY BONES, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.  He can next be seen in the upcoming comedy EASY A as well as the upcoming movie musical BURLESQUE.

In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios most recently released the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, and will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including, THOR on May 6, 2011, and MARVEL STUDIOS’ THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.

Tucci is represented by CAA.

Ok, so obviously it’s a good thing to have an actor of Tucci’s caliber in Captain America – however, always the Debbie-Downer of this blogosphere, I can’t help but see the downside. And for me, the downside is this:

Captain America seems to be building a cast that is one part rising stars, and one part big name stars (or at least seasoned performers). The main cast is mostly made up of rising stars – Evans as Cap, Hayley Atwell as Cap’s love interest, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Cap’s sidekick, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark – while the big names (with the exception of Hugo Weaving playing The Red Skull) are filling out the supporting roles (see my opening paragraph).

The strategy is obvious: surround the young bucks with seasoned vets, thereby achieving two goals: appealing to the younger crowd, while ensuring the older crowd has a few known talented actors to keep them anchored in this comic book world. The problem for me is that when you get guys like Jones (Tommy and Toby), Tucci and McDonough onscreen for minor appearances (and so far, their roles do seem pretty minor) it can end up feeling wasteful. I mean, how many of you reading this feel like Mickey Rourke’s talents were shamefully wasted in Iron Man 2?

It’s a small, petty gripe, I’ll acknowledge that, but it is a valid one as well.

Still, great to hear that Stanley Tucci will be involved with one of the most pivotal moments of Captain America - I trust him to help pull it off the right way.

Captain America: The First Avenger is slated to invade theaters on July 22, 2011.

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  1. i wont be going to see this, tired of hollywood “hollywoodizing” classic comics, and ruining them

    • you would prefer spandex and masks?

    • Your loss. I’m sure many of us other classic comic fans will be in the theater enjoying a great film.

    • It ain’t friggin Shakespeare dude, it’s gonna be a movie, get over it lol.

  2. Well Marvel did the same thing with THOR, so lets all hope that this will work out too. (We didn’t hear to many “grips” about Thor’s casting).

    till next time

  3. “It’s a small, petty gripe, I’ll acknowledge that, but it is a valid one as well.”

    Then why gripe about it? Admitting it’s small and petty certainly does nothing to validate your complaint. Geez-Louise Kofi!!

    Did you put the “Fun” in funeral? :)

    This is good news that they have added Tucci to the cast..no role that is well cast can ever be “wasted”…yes Rourke was terribly under-utilized in IM2 but these are minor roles being filled by established verterans..

  4. I don’t think Mickey’s role was wasteful in and of itself. I think it’s because of the writing. If you write a better part (not necessarily longer) then it won’t be a waste. Everyone has their part to play. I think the strategy is sound. Still..good post though

    • I agree with this; it really depends on the writing.

      Just a tidbit: IM1′s screenplay was written by a team of four screenwriters (correct me if I’m wrong)and had been re-written several times, to my knowledge. I think what happened was that everyone panicked, so they kinda winged their dialogue.

      IM2′s screenplay, however, didn’t have the same approach. It was written by the same guy who wrote the screenplay for Tropic Thunder — and all because RDJ liked the guy’s personality or something.

      Probably a bit too off-topic, but I guess this drives home the point that it really depends on the writing :\

      • Not getting the hate here on IM2. I thought it was a great movie. I enjoyed it immensely and I hope that the third IM film is as good.

        • I liked Iron Man 2 BUT…They should have stayed with the original writers, they’re were on a roll. They momentum got a little stunted by adding someone in new(Justin Theroux) who was NOT a fanboy like the original writers. For Iron Man 3,they need to go back to the original team who did Iron Man #1.

  5. I’d prefer to see solid talent in the credits, especially those who handle smaller roles well and don’t mind being supporting characters. Most of the comic book films that come to mind had a similar balance of well-known/lesser-known names. So long as the script & direction are strong, it should be a good time.

  6. I’m just glad they are adding veteran actors to the cast. But yeah the writing for Iron Man 2 wasnt that great. Rourke was under used. But he was brilliant with what he had to work with.

  7. This movie seems to becoming an over stuffed mess,Spread it out First have three movies set during WW2 staring Cap ,Picture one, Captain America ,Origin and first mission against the red skull ,liberal rip on Raiders ,Red Skull after an Artifact for Hitler(The Hammer of Doom)Thors Hammer ,show items collected for Hitler, One a small Glowing Cube, that no one can figure out ,at the end of first movie have Cap look in cosmic cube and show flash of the future.Second Film Captain America and Bucky Vs Red Skull and his axis of evil,Sgt Fury has a big part .Picture Three Cap and the Invaders vs Zemo ,Skull and any one else you want leading into Present day.

    • lol no

  8. I don’t see the downside, nor do I understand how high-caliber actors in small roles in and of themselves hurt a movie. The heart of the matter, I think, lies in the what the director and the screenwriter do with the characters. Alec Baldwin’s role in The Departed was small, as was Martin Sheen’s, and I thought both performances helped lend the movie a real gravity that might be beyond the capabilities of lesser actors. They were not the central focus of the film, but they helped flesh out a very real world. In other words, I don’t think their talents were wasted in the slightest. Obviously Mickey Rourke’s role in Iron Man 2 was not the central focus of the movie, but his solid performance helped create a real air of authenticity and, in my opinion, helped elevate Whiplash beyond a simple one-dimensional, cardboard villain insofar as the script allowed him. Obviously you’ve acknowledged that its a fairly specious argument yourself, I just don’t know how you arrived at the conclusion.

  9. But none of these so called “stars” are show stealers. They are what I think are low maintenence high caliber actors.

    I dont think any of them will try and steal the show or make their characters anytihng more then what they are given.

    I look forward to it.

  10. Let’s see, Iron Man (1) = RDJ, TH, GP, Jeff Bridges, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg, Leslie Bibb, and Shaun Toub. 8 actors! Captain America, oh hey, 8 actors!

    Might as well count Favreau while I am at it. Makes 9 for Iron Man. Paul Bettany as Jarvis?

    Don’t see a problem here…

  11. That picture makes Tucci look like he should be Professor Xavier… :P

  12. So youd prefer that Whiplash had been played by a boring un-engaging throw-away talking head actor just because his part was so small? Thats one thing i loved about Iron Man 2, it continued to break the curse of a comic book movie where the villains are more interesting than the heroes. I used to love Christian Bale in Batman and then after the Dark Knight, it was just like how Batman’s always been. Boring and second fiddle until the much more interesting Joker showed up

  13. i agree with you on the whiplash part, rourke was wasted in the movie, the guy is an awesome actor and he got < 20 min of screen time (roughly).
    i doubt the supporting cast will ruin the movie, they might be there to cover up the new comers ;)

  14. very good pick for eskine. Also we got to remember roles like tucci for eskine, and tommy lee jones for chester philips role are probably much smaller roles.

  15. Nothing feels overcrowded about Cap yet, I mean these are all roles that are central to the origin story. Getting established actors is great for the film.

    Mickey was way under-utilized in IM2, but the funny thing is I thought his performance was still fantastic and had a lasting imppression on me after leaving the theater, probably more than RDJ and Cheatle combined (not that they were bad, mIckey just had a fantastic onscreen presence)

  16. Although Ivan Vanko wasn’t used as much as he should have in IM2, Rourke’s performance was like meeting a “REAL” person not a fictional character. That’s what a loved about him. I think we’ll be seeing Whiplash again in the future. As far as CA:TFA is rolling,the casting is getting top be notch,Chris Evans’ acting will be pushed to a higher level where it’s never been before that’s for sure. Tucci is a very grounded and emotional actor,he has a lot of range also very talented.

  17. This is probably the most important marvel movie that need to be done right. Captain America has been long overdue for his right to the big the screen. Cap always been a franchise player for Marvel like Batman is for DC . I like the cast they’re putting together. I look forward to seeing this movie next summer.

    • Totally agree, Zima. Captian America is Marvel Batman parallel and extremely important key to the success of the Avengers film. If Captian America is the leader of Avengers then is movie ‘must’ be success and created with the best of all measures.

  18. A great actor in a minor role… is good.

    A middling actor in a minor role… is so-so.

    Would you prefer middling actors in minor roles than great actors in minor roles, Kofi? Really? I can see how you could instinctively think that way, but the logic simply isn’t there. In an ideal world, EVERY role would be played by a great actor. I don’t see the complaint here.

    Anyway… so far we have eight actors in the film. Is that too many? No, not really. ‘Minor gripe’ indeed.

  19. I wonder if it’s the actors that are asking if they can be in a marvel movie?

    Marvel Movie = Mega Exposure

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