Marvel Studios Close to Having its Red Skull

Hugo Weaving, that actor who gave the right tone when he greeted Keanu Reeves as “Hello, Mr. Anderson,” in The Matrix, is in talks to play the villain Red Skull in the Captain America movie in development from Marvel Studios. If and when it becomes a done deal, Weaving will be reunited with director Joe Johnston. The two worked together on Universal’s The Wolfman.

Still unknown is who will play Steve Rogers, Captain America’s alter ego.

In the Marvel comics, Red Skull has been Captain America’s archenemy since 1941, when he engaged in espionage and sabotage as Hitler’s right-hand man. In his final battle with the superhero, he was buried under the rubble of a bombed building but ā€” as would occur later with Captain America ā€” fell into a state of suspended animation. Both were revived in modern times.

The Pulse: It seems that Hugo Weaving keeps jumping from franchise to franchise. He’s done it with The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix, so why wouldn’t he want to ham it up as a villain once again? If the deal is hammered out, it’ll be Hugo’s second time doing comic-book fare, as he played V in Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. And if Captain America is the success that Marvel Studios is anticipating, it could mean seeing him in future films – like The Avengers – as well as any sequels to Captain America.

Source: Heat Vision

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