Hugo Weaving Confirmed as ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’’s Villain Red Skull

The studio makes the long-rumored casting official for the Joe Johnston film.

Hugo Weaving is Red Skull
Hugo Weaving is Red Skull
Marvel Studios announced today that Hugo Weaving has been cast to star as Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull in the studio's highly anticipated movie Captain America: The First Avenger opposite Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. 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. 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.

Weaving was last seen in The Wolfman and his voice is very recognizable as Megatron from Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as well as Noah the Elder from Happy Feet. His other film credits include starring in V For Vendetta, The Matrix franchise, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Captain America: The First Avenger was released July 22nd, 2011 and stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Richard Armitage, Stanley Tucci. The film is directed by Joe Johnston.

Sources: Marvel Studios

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Comments (44)

  1. JMP

    The director that pick him is SMART because Hugo Weaving can get the job done as the Red Skull.

    5 years agoby @jmpFlag

  2. Shadow Of The Day

    Great News.

    5 years agoby @asifFlag

  3. B3njamin

    YES! Perfect casting. The more movies this guy is in the better.

    5 years agoby @b3njaminFlag

  4. jhonnymoe

    this sounds promising for the i can atleast root for the villain.

    5 years agoby @jhonnymoeFlag

  5. Marko85

    apsolute great news....Huge is great actor, evan better villain

    5 years agoby @marko85Flag

  6. WARRock

    he was great in the Matrix trilogy, im soo excited that hes gonna play red skull

    5 years agoby @jcFlag

  7. Emmytt

    good news

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  8. the Narrator

    Lol agreed @Annoying. If everyone on this thread agrees, then it must be a good choice.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Batman Rules !!!


    5 years agoby @the-fallenFlag

  10. AnnoyingFilmCritic

    Cool casting with Hugo as the Red Skull! Everyone here agrees...then, it must be good!

    5 years agoby @annoyingfilmcriticFlag

  11. Twisted Smile

    Great news!

    5 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  12. Cripple

    Perfect choice.

    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  13. CBF

    Mr. Anderson. We....Missed.....You.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  14. Lycan

    Cant go wrong with Hugo

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  15. SuperCanayaZ

    A Excellent actor, good choice.

    5 years agoby @supercanayazFlag

  16. Jimthar

    thats effing awesome!! i can totally see this. weaving is a great actor and perfect for this part. kudos!

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  17. ed_wood

    Awesome. Glad it's finally confirmed.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  18. TheMime

    Nice Nice......

    5 years agoby @themimeFlag

  19. Vanboy

    I guess so.

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  20. T.Clark

    It's part of the job, least they didn't give wrong info :b

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. vaxine

    Weaving is a beast they should be grateful they got him.

    5 years agoby @vaxineFlag

  22. Diaigma

    Very cool. Weaving is Awesome!

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  23. Vanboy

    Whats with Movieweb giving Weaving's filmography list. Do they think that we don't know who he is and might want to cross-reference or what?

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  24. Vanboy

    Symbiote, checked out the pics. That's a Captain America for sure. Although, I didn't care for him smoking, or the "johnson" bulging out. Gross!

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  25. kingbrady

    this is not old news... hence why it says CONFIRMED...before it wasnt confirmed but we all knew it wouldve happened

    5 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  26. The Soylent Green Monkey

    This is old news, but I think he can do something amazing with the character.

    5 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  27. Err

    haha, "ubermensch".

    5 years agoby @err2005Flag

  28. phatalphd

    Hugo making that gwop! He loves them big movies. I can't wait to hear his voice!

    5 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  29. Saints18

    @Todd89..Considering that there is so much information out there on the internet and not everyone has time to look up this really cant hold it against people that are not informed but thanks for the update. I was half jokeing anyways in my post. Maybe I should have put a smiley face or something!

    5 years agoby @saints18Flag

  30. ejk1

    This announcement comes as no surprise. Once he was linked to this project, everyone assumed hould play Red Skull. And he is perfect for this role.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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