Hugo Weaving Cast as Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA

In a highly anticipated decision on the casting of a classic villain, Marvel Studios announced today that Hugo Weaving would dawn the persona of Johann Schmidt, also better known as the Red Skull, in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. 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. Long has Red Skull been Captain America’s arch-nemesis and Weaving, best known for his roles as Agent Smith in THE MATRIX trilogy and as the ancient elven Elrond in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, is a fabulous choice! The role of Captain America was recently announced as given to Chris Evans and the film will be directed by Joe Johnston. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is set for release on July 22, 2011. Source: Marvel

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