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Confirmed! Hugo Weaving is taking on Captain America as Red Skull

05.04.2010

Back in March, Hugo Weaving was in talks to play Red Skull in the Captain America film.

Today, Marvel Studios is confirming that the actor will definitely be playing the villain opposite Chris Evans as Captain America.

In the press release, they also provide this, "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." So you're telling me Schmidt will not longer be associated with the Reich? If that's the case it contradicts what I've been hearing.

I'm not sure where they've decided to go in terms of time period. Will it be World War II era or modern era?

It's good to hear that Weaving is definitely on board. He'll make an excellent fit and a great adversary for Cap.

Extra Tidbit: I'd also like to see some Ultimate Red Skull.
Source: JoBlo

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10:56AM on 05/06/2010
Everyone keeps saying Mark Strong is a go-to bad guy (agreed) but so is this man - not that I am complaining - this is the best casting news for this film so far! However I do agree with Tailgunner.
Everyone keeps saying Mark Strong is a go-to bad guy (agreed) but so is this man - not that I am complaining - this is the best casting news for this film so far! However I do agree with Tailgunner.
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7:00AM on 05/06/2010

I like Hugo just fine, but...

"The character will be updated for the feature adaptation."

These words frighten me. They are terrifying words.
"The character will be updated for the feature adaptation."

These words frighten me. They are terrifying words.
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1:29PM on 05/05/2010

fucking excellente!

fuck yeah.
fuck yeah.
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7:40AM on 05/05/2010
great news!
great news!
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2:56AM on 05/05/2010
Ultimate Red Skull is badass!!
Ultimate Red Skull is badass!!
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2:20AM on 05/05/2010
Perfect casting, Captain America is shaping up nicely... The next big hurdle is the costume, man that's gonna be tough to make without looking silly. They manged well enough on Thor though.
Perfect casting, Captain America is shaping up nicely... The next big hurdle is the costume, man that's gonna be tough to make without looking silly. They manged well enough on Thor though.
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2:14AM on 05/05/2010
Please God, let him be in The Hobbit.
Please God, let him be in The Hobbit.
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1:25AM on 05/05/2010
They better make him look sick! add a little CGI to the Red skull face ala Two Face in Dark Knight and Freddy Kreuger in Nightmare on Elm St.
They better make him look sick! add a little CGI to the Red skull face ala Two Face in Dark Knight and Freddy Kreuger in Nightmare on Elm St.
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1:00AM on 05/05/2010

NOW We're Talkin'!

Alright, now I'm excited. Hugo Weaving is awesome. His voice lends power to his characters and he's great at being a notorious bad guy. This movie just got its quality amped by a dozen notches!
Alright, now I'm excited. Hugo Weaving is awesome. His voice lends power to his characters and he's great at being a notorious bad guy. This movie just got its quality amped by a dozen notches!
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9:07PM on 05/04/2010

YES!

This movie just got 100 times cooler. Weaving is hands down the best character actor of our generation. You can put the guy in ANY role and he'd rock out with his cock out.
This movie just got 100 times cooler. Weaving is hands down the best character actor of our generation. You can put the guy in ANY role and he'd rock out with his cock out.
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8:21PM on 05/04/2010
I love Red Skull as a villain but Hugo?....I could think of a few better. Christoph Waltz would be one.
I love Red Skull as a villain but Hugo?....I could think of a few better. Christoph Waltz would be one.
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7:32PM on 05/04/2010
awesome
awesome
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7:24PM on 05/04/2010
Nice!
Nice!
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7:16PM on 05/04/2010
I'm sure he'll do a great job, but I'm hoping he alters his voice a little. I don't imagine Red Skull sounding like V or Agent Smith.
I'm sure he'll do a great job, but I'm hoping he alters his voice a little. I don't imagine Red Skull sounding like V or Agent Smith.
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6:39PM on 05/04/2010
first Agent Smith, then Megatron, now Red Skull? The man is good at being evil but i'd like to just see him in a slapstick comedy
first Agent Smith, then Megatron, now Red Skull? The man is good at being evil but i'd like to just see him in a slapstick comedy
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6:29PM on 05/04/2010

Perfect Casting...

Evans, Shaw, and now Weaving....everything is finally coming together for this movie. Just start filming already!! I wanna see that Shield Fly!!
Evans, Shaw, and now Weaving....everything is finally coming together for this movie. Just start filming already!! I wanna see that Shield Fly!!
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6:02PM on 05/04/2010

INEVITABLE

In the words of Smith himself. Weaving is the perfect choice for The Red Skull though I'm very curious to how their gonna do the face is it a MASK or a disfigurement kinda thing. Let's see some Indiana Jones style NAZI whompin'.
In the words of Smith himself. Weaving is the perfect choice for The Red Skull though I'm very curious to how their gonna do the face is it a MASK or a disfigurement kinda thing. Let's see some Indiana Jones style NAZI whompin'.
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5:41PM on 05/04/2010

Nice

But too bad Chris Evans is still Captain America... :[
But too bad Chris Evans is still Captain America... :[
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5:28PM on 05/04/2010
Its safe to say he's going to be a nazi, knuckleheads.
Its safe to say he's going to be a nazi, knuckleheads.
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5:00PM on 05/04/2010
It better be a mostly period piece and have a damn good explanation for his modern update.
It better be a mostly period piece and have a damn good explanation for his modern update.
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4:54PM on 05/04/2010
If this means that they're updating it so that Cap is in a modern war environment when given the super soldier serum and isn't frozen for x amount of years...

Well I'm going to go ape shit
If this means that they're updating it so that Cap is in a modern war environment when given the super soldier serum and isn't frozen for x amount of years...

Well I'm going to go ape shit
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4:53PM on 05/04/2010
Hugo Weaving is a perfect choice for Red Skull. Although it'll be interesting to see what they do with his face. Hopefully we won't get another Ghost Rider CG skull disaster.
Hugo Weaving is a perfect choice for Red Skull. Although it'll be interesting to see what they do with his face. Hopefully we won't get another Ghost Rider CG skull disaster.
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