Marvel Chooses Hugo Weaving To Play ‘Captain America’ Villain Red Skull
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We’ve been waiting a long time to find out who exactly would be playing Captain America in Joe Johnston‘s Marvel film, The First Avenger: Captain America. Thankfully the same mess doesn’t apply to other characters, including the movie’s villain, Red Skull.

It’s being reported that Hugo Weaving is currently in negotiations to star as the literally red-headed baddie in the movie. Red Skull was the right-hand man to ultimate real-life villain, Adolf Hitler, in the comics when he and Captain America first became enemies during World War II. This storyline also saw both characters end up in a suspended animation that would bring them to modern days, which is how Captain America will likely fit into the Avengers film. Depending on the dirty details of the contract, it’s probably not completely out of the question to think Weaving could return as one of the villains in The Avengers as well.

Johnston recently worked with Weaving in The Wolfman, so that plays a major advantage to this casting. The director has also brought us films such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Hidalgo.

Weaving is of course best known as Agent Smith in the Matrix trilogy, and as Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s also appeared in V for Vendetta as V, and as Megatron in both Transformers movies.

[Source: Heat Vision]


  1. I’ve always hated Red Skull. As a villain, I think he’s boring (like Dr Doom). I hope for future movies, they don’t make Red Skull a recurring villain. Deal with him for the origin story and as a present day threat, then leave Red Skull alone.

    Comment by Paul — March 12, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  2. Yes! Nice casting going on there!

    Comment by phil — March 12, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  3. I agree with Paul, Red Skull is a boring character but I look forward to seeing what Weaving can bring to the character.

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — March 12, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

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