Hugo Weaving To Play Red Skull in Captain America

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 12th, 2010 at 1:19 pm,

captain america movie cast villain red skull Hugo Weaving To Play Red Skull in Captain America

While the selection process for the title role in The First Avenger: Captain America winds down, we now at least have what may become the first official casting addition for Marvel’s World War 2 era epic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, actor Hugo Weaving is in final talks to play the lead villain know as the Red Skull in the Captain America origins film.

The ball started rolling for the production of Captain America last month when director Joe Johnston was doing press for his the long-delayed release of The Wolfman which also stars Hugo Weaving. In interviews and Q&A sessions, Johnston revealed several major details about the Captain America film and casting process of the title character, notably that the Red Skull would be the feature villain of the movie as expected.

While not yet finalized, we can expect an announcement regarding Hugo Weaving’s involvement to be made soon and hopefully that will come with news of who they select to play Steve Rogers as well. Speaking of the star-spangled Avenger, as far as we know, the final candidates for Captain America currently include Wilson Bethel, Mike Vogel, Garrett Hedlund and Chris Evans but it’s very possible there are others still reading for the part or being considered.

hugo weaving as red skull in captain america Hugo Weaving To Play Red Skull in Captain AmericaWe all know Mr. Weaving for his trademark voice and dominating screen presence as a villain in The Matrix trilogy and a hero in Lord of the Rings, and many comic book fans had him as a favorite for the villainous role of Sinestro in DC Entertainment’s Green Lantern. Mark Strong got that role instead and Marvel Studios gets to take advantage with Weaving’s talent.

Weaving is no stranger to taking on roles where his face is concealed and where the audience is subject only to his voice. We saw this in V for Vendetta and more recently as the voice of Megatron in both Transformers movies.

For me this is a great choice of an actor to join the Captain America cast and it fits in line with Marvel’s strategy of choosing a relative unknown as the lead to be surrounded by a supporting cast of known and experienced actors.

If you’re looking for my guess at who they are leaning towards for Cap, there’s an obvious interest in Garrett Hedlund who hadn’t even tested for the part and that no doubt comes from the higher ups at Disney who have him as the lead in Tron Legacy.  That’s easy cross-marketing but I’ve not lost confidence that Robert Buckley is still involved in the process, possible to play the role of Bucky if not the Captain himself.

What are your thoughts?

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011 , The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

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  1. If I could post the youtbe video of M. Bison saying 'YES!” continuously I would.
    this is great news.

  2. OK….I can see a little a relief now….the brilliant Mr. Weaving is such a force and I am glad he is attached, but the casting of Cap still really is so critical that I refuse to rest easy yet. Thor has everything so far hands down in regards to the cast and director and could be the film of the year in 2011 and with CA's release date just a couple of months later…..well…..”they” just cannot screw this up and I am betting Thor will be hard to beat. You would like to see both films just astonish all of us, but Thor really has the jump in regards to production and the like for times sake.
    ” CA…you are on the clock.”

  3. naa i much prefer millars version, the nazi stuff is old hat.

    • @reds True, but that’s what made hellboy so great. Plus, it’s already embeded into people’s consciousness.

  4. True, even though Weaving can steal the show, and does often, the other actors too seem to shine, good acting begets good acting.

  5. This movie takes place during World War II. In case you didn't know, the US and the USSR fought on the same side, so Skull's not going to be Russian. And Millar's take… I do like his appearance, but I hate, hate, hate his new origin.

  6. Great choice, Weaving never disappoints. But this will make it much tougher to cast the lead role with someone who wont be overshadowed by the veteran talents, in my opinion.

    • Yes. Captain america needs an actor who’s just as brilliant as hugo weaving. Otherwise the villain would completely steal the show. As they usually do. Why did they choose to cast chris evans as captain america. Not a terrible or great choice.

  7. I think he would be a great choice to play red skull but i was really hoping he would have been chosen to play Sinestro on the green Lantern movie i think he fits that part better.

  8. VELL,vell,vell…Missster Captain America,vat a pleasant surprisssse, vile I DO enjoy your ENTHUSIASM and find it quite AMUSING never ze less indeed your demise inevitable, you and I, we are two sides of ze same coin BUT I must exterminate you so my face vill occupy ze two sides, although it somevat SADDENS me zat I must kill you, you see you would have been ze PERfect specimen BUT if you surrender now,perhaps”. LOL!!!

  9. I guess this means that Hugo Weaving won't be Namor The Sub-Mariner. Then who?

    • @ulik Hugo weaving as namor: the sub-mariner. No.

  10. Great choice. But there had better not be a nose on him.

  11. I'm pretty sick and tired of the Mark Millar “Ultimates” bandwagon. I've got Mark Millar's stuff. It's good BUT the original source material is better and is what should be presented as a WW2 period piece / modern crossover.

    • @magnetic eye. I agree. No new origin crap. Red skull and nazi’s should be in the movie.

  12. Weaving is a FANTASTIC choice for the Red Skull. As a matter of fact, I think he will steal the whole movie with the pathetic choices that they're pushing for Cap. Ryan McPartlin would have been perfect for Cap, but they're looking for some pretty boy Gap model apparently.

  13. does the signing of Hugo Weaving mean Benicio Del Toro will be playing Captain America? lol

  14. Good news. Still not sure if this film will be worth watching. Lets hope it's not all…. 'God save America' and ' The ole red white and blue'…. That patriotic drives me up the wall

    • @paul77 Well, the title of the movie suggest that.

  15. Good news. Still not sure if this film will be worth watching. Lets hope it's not all…. 'God save America' and ' The ole red white and blue'…. That patriotic drives me up the wall

  16. Good job! Mr. Weaving will be a great villain! I will wait for you, Johnston! Don’t kill captain america as you killed Wolfman with your silver bullet!

  17. Casting Chris Evans as Captain America wasn’t a good idea, basically because he already played The Human Torch. But Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull, I never would have thought of him, but I know he’ll be perfect. Every movie I’ve seen him in, he did great, like The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, and his voice acting as Megatron in Transformers. Even some other movies where his part wasn’t that big, like Wolfman, he did great with what was given to him. Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull is going to be the best part of the movie, and the main reason why I’m going to see it.

  18. Saw Captain America last night. Hugo is fantastic in film. Chris is not bad, but he needs to work on the depth of his character. sometimes he’s not saying his lines in a convincing manner. Chris, you’re from my home town of Boston and I want to see you get better. So take some acting lessons.

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