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Hugo Weaving in talks to play Captain America villain Red Skull!

03.12.2010

Though much of the speculation of late has centered around who will (or who won't) play Captain America himself, news has now nonchalantly emerged that Hugo Weaving (THE WOLFMAN, V FOR VENDETTA, THE MATRIX) is close to securing the part of Cap's arch-nemesis Red Skull! A good number of our readership was veering towards some Christoph Waltz in a recent "Cast This" column, though Weaving I feel is a very fine choice (and one that makes sense, since Weaving just worked with director Joe Johnston on THE WOLFMAN).

THR's Heat Vision explains some of the details regarding the casting: "The dealmaking with Weaving is in a delicate stage that will play out in the next day or so. Agencies grouse that Marvel plays hardball in the negotiating process and also demands multi-movie commitments, though the latter usually applies to actors playing its heroes."

Multi-movie commitment? Only if Weaving doesn't bite the red, white, and blue dust, which... who knows?! Anything could happen. I was just last week on the set of THOR (a preview of which I'll hopefully get to bring you guys soon), and the fact is, Marvel is being extremely tight-lipped about everything right now (especially CAPTAIN AMERICA).

But this is a great big (red) bone we've been tossed. What do guys think of this? Strike Back below and let us know!
Extra Tidbit: When you guys are all done here, be sure to watch Albert Pyun's 1990 CAPTAIN AMERICA online. I recommend hard alcohol and/or a blunt to enhance your viewing experience (as if that were possible).

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7:29PM on 03/17/2010

YES YES YES

Yes, a thousand fuckin' times yes!

As a non-American, the character itself has never spoken to me really, but they have to get the casting right of Cap in order to give us a decent Avengers movie. This potential casting shows Marvel is trying its damn hardest. Some of the casting of the Iron Man movies, Hulk and Thor has been inspired and they've cast some great talent.

Cap has to probably be the toughest one to pick. I don't envy the person, as someone is going to object heavily, whoever
Yes, a thousand fuckin' times yes!

As a non-American, the character itself has never spoken to me really, but they have to get the casting right of Cap in order to give us a decent Avengers movie. This potential casting shows Marvel is trying its damn hardest. Some of the casting of the Iron Man movies, Hulk and Thor has been inspired and they've cast some great talent.

Cap has to probably be the toughest one to pick. I don't envy the person, as someone is going to object heavily, whoever it is.
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5:25PM on 03/14/2010
Fitting choice. Now get Jim Halpert aboard.
Fitting choice. Now get Jim Halpert aboard.
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1:23AM on 03/14/2010
Awesome choice. I really hope Marvel can keep itself with it long enough to pan out this Avengers crossover.
Awesome choice. I really hope Marvel can keep itself with it long enough to pan out this Avengers crossover.
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6:42PM on 03/13/2010

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great casting...and I agree, they should make an already established white character black...just as soon as they remake The Jeffersons with an all white cast!
great casting...and I agree, they should make an already established white character black...just as soon as they remake The Jeffersons with an all white cast!
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5:50PM on 03/13/2010
Business just picked up in the Marvel universe.
Business just picked up in the Marvel universe.
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9:54AM on 03/13/2010

HAHAHA

HAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHA
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12:39AM on 03/13/2010

A Black Capt America

I think Champion7 is on to something and it would be an interesting approach. But its tough to buck Marvel. When I made Captain America back in 1990 we tried to get some changes past because I was having trouble with making the costume work so it was believable looking. Think I tried to go with the Capt America black costume which I always petitioned for with Spider-Man in 1988 (the black spidey costume). Yeah, it would've changed the storylines but in tests the black costumes looked way
I think Champion7 is on to something and it would be an interesting approach. But its tough to buck Marvel. When I made Captain America back in 1990 we tried to get some changes past because I was having trouble with making the costume work so it was believable looking. Think I tried to go with the Capt America black costume which I always petitioned for with Spider-Man in 1988 (the black spidey costume). Yeah, it would've changed the storylines but in tests the black costumes looked way better on film. Anyway, I wish the new Cap the best of luck because its not easy to pull off that character.

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9:49AM on 03/14/2010
I've seen the 1990 version and it just felt like a very long MacGyver episode.
I've seen the 1990 version and it just felt like a very long MacGyver episode.
11:49PM on 03/12/2010

Awesome

If true. However, casting the guy from The Office can still ruin it all.
If true. However, casting the guy from The Office can still ruin it all.
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11:51PM on 03/12/2010
ya still not feeling krasinski either
ya still not feeling krasinski either
11:32PM on 03/12/2010
That is fantastic casting! He is an immense actor with huge presence. Without him the Matrix films would've had far less impact IMO. He was cool in LOTR and in V so I'm amped to have him as The Red Skull!
That is fantastic casting! He is an immense actor with huge presence. Without him the Matrix films would've had far less impact IMO. He was cool in LOTR and in V so I'm amped to have him as The Red Skull!
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11:29PM on 03/12/2010

Great actor

Great choice.
Great choice.
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9:18PM on 03/12/2010

Time for a Black Superhero

I dissagree with this choice for Captain America. There is no time like the present to have a Black Super Hero. Black President, Black Super Hero. There are none that I know of. Now is just a good a time as ever and my choice would be Xzibit. Its time he played a cool role.
I dissagree with this choice for Captain America. There is no time like the present to have a Black Super Hero. Black President, Black Super Hero. There are none that I know of. Now is just a good a time as ever and my choice would be Xzibit. Its time he played a cool role.
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9:27PM on 03/12/2010
Ummm... Luke Cage? Nick Fury? Hell, John Stewart is black and he's a freaking Green Lantern. I'm sorry, but your reasoning makes no sense.
Ummm... Luke Cage? Nick Fury? Hell, John Stewart is black and he's a freaking Green Lantern. I'm sorry, but your reasoning makes no sense.
2:50PM on 03/13/2010
You my friend are an idiot.. Do you live in a fucking closet.. Besides the black superheroes that JacksColdSweat
just mentioned, there's BLADE, who had a whole trilogy, WAR MACHINE, who just got a multi-picture deal and will be in THE AVENGERS, probably the biggest comic book movie in recent memory, and spaeking of THE AVENGERS, we can't forget THE BLACK PANTHER, whose also an AVENGER, then there's STORM, SPAWN, THE FALCON, HANCOCK, Heck, they even made CATWOMAN and KINGPIN black and they are
You my friend are an idiot.. Do you live in a fucking closet.. Besides the black superheroes that JacksColdSweat
just mentioned, there's BLADE, who had a whole trilogy, WAR MACHINE, who just got a multi-picture deal and will be in THE AVENGERS, probably the biggest comic book movie in recent memory, and spaeking of THE AVENGERS, we can't forget THE BLACK PANTHER, whose also an AVENGER, then there's STORM, SPAWN, THE FALCON, HANCOCK, Heck, they even made CATWOMAN and KINGPIN black and they are white in the comic books... I could go on and on but I'm preaching to the choir, becase you my friend are a moron.. Think and do research before you speak, NUFF SAID
8:32PM on 03/12/2010
I think Weaving will do great, but it seems like every villian role is going to him or Mark Strong. I'd rather Hollywood take a chance on someone less predictable for a villian, like Nolan did with Ledger.
I think Weaving will do great, but it seems like every villian role is going to him or Mark Strong. I'd rather Hollywood take a chance on someone less predictable for a villian, like Nolan did with Ledger.
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5:17PM on 03/12/2010
I think Hugo Weaving looks creepy pretty much all the time. Good casting.
I think Hugo Weaving looks creepy pretty much all the time. Good casting.
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4:43PM on 03/12/2010
He would be perfect. I like Waltz and all but Weaving has the menacing voice that the Red Skull needs due to his wearing mask
He would be perfect. I like Waltz and all but Weaving has the menacing voice that the Red Skull needs due to his wearing mask
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4:18PM on 03/12/2010

yesss the...

awesomeness of weaving as the badassery of the skull is mind blowing, great casting
awesomeness of weaving as the badassery of the skull is mind blowing, great casting
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4:17PM on 03/12/2010

Nice

I can see this. You call it predictable, I call it perfectly acceptable. We know the man can emote through a computer virus AND a character that wears a mask, so why wouldn't he be competent as The Red Skull?
I can see this. You call it predictable, I call it perfectly acceptable. We know the man can emote through a computer virus AND a character that wears a mask, so why wouldn't he be competent as The Red Skull?
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4:17PM on 03/12/2010

yesss the...

awesomeness of weaving as the badassery of the skull is mind blowing, great casting
awesomeness of weaving as the badassery of the skull is mind blowing, great casting
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3:34PM on 03/12/2010

meh

I think it makes sense and will probably be a good choice. It' sjust not real exciting. Uninspired choice. But it will be a lot about the voice, and he has that, so it should be fine.
I think it makes sense and will probably be a good choice. It' sjust not real exciting. Uninspired choice. But it will be a lot about the voice, and he has that, so it should be fine.
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1:46PM on 03/12/2010
I would've preferred Sam Neil but whatevs. Now when the hell are we going to start casting Bucky?
I would've preferred Sam Neil but whatevs. Now when the hell are we going to start casting Bucky?
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1:30PM on 03/12/2010

Weaving as Skull

Perfect casting!
Perfect casting!
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1:13PM on 03/12/2010

Too good

Would pay $ to hear him say Mr. Rogers.
Would pay $ to hear him say Mr. Rogers.
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11:48AM on 03/12/2010

Mr.

Anderson.....
Anderson.....
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11:09AM on 03/12/2010

HUGO IS THE MAN

Best part of Wolfman, followed only by Rick Baker. Awesome friday news
Best part of Wolfman, followed only by Rick Baker. Awesome friday news
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11:02AM on 03/12/2010
I can dig it.
I can dig it.
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10:56AM on 03/12/2010

Thumbs up!

GREAT CASTING!!! Someone deserves a raise.
GREAT CASTING!!! Someone deserves a raise.
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10:41AM on 03/12/2010
For those wondering about Red Skull's appearance...The original Red Skull just wears a mask that Hitler gave him. Most Captain America stories say he wore the mask because he was either badly scarred or he did not want to have his father's face. In one story variation, he goes as far as to actually cut off his own face to resemble his mask. In other words, he's nothing like Skeletor or Ghost Rider. He's a military genius with a look that is meant to strike fear into his enemies.
For those wondering about Red Skull's appearance...The original Red Skull just wears a mask that Hitler gave him. Most Captain America stories say he wore the mask because he was either badly scarred or he did not want to have his father's face. In one story variation, he goes as far as to actually cut off his own face to resemble his mask. In other words, he's nothing like Skeletor or Ghost Rider. He's a military genius with a look that is meant to strike fear into his enemies.
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4:18PM on 03/12/2010
duh...shoulda left them to wollow in their stupidity
duh...shoulda left them to wollow in their stupidity
9:04AM on 03/13/2010
Ignorance does not equal stupidity. With no knowledge of CA mythology to go on, I had the picture in this article only. So, blame whomever drew that picture for leading us to believe Red Skull is just a red faced Skeletor.
Ignorance does not equal stupidity. With no knowledge of CA mythology to go on, I had the picture in this article only. So, blame whomever drew that picture for leading us to believe Red Skull is just a red faced Skeletor.
10:33AM on 03/12/2010

YES!!!

YES!!! PERFECT CHOICE!!! FINALLY HOLLYWOOD HAS A GOOD IDEA!!!
YES!!! PERFECT CHOICE!!! FINALLY HOLLYWOOD HAS A GOOD IDEA!!!
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10:30AM on 03/12/2010
So todays lesson is: You can't go wrong with Hugo Weaving. Got it.
So todays lesson is: You can't go wrong with Hugo Weaving. Got it.
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10:28AM on 03/12/2010
I couldn't be more pleased with this choice!! The voice and his acting will bring the menace that Cap needs in his new film debut! Bravo!
I couldn't be more pleased with this choice!! The voice and his acting will bring the menace that Cap needs in his new film debut! Bravo!
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10:18AM on 03/12/2010
FUCK to the YES.
FUCK to the YES.
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10:08AM on 03/12/2010
Is Hugo overused in these types of roles...sure. But at least he plays the role well. I'll take this cause at least it is solid casting. Still would have preferred Christoph Waltz.
Is Hugo overused in these types of roles...sure. But at least he plays the role well. I'll take this cause at least it is solid casting. Still would have preferred Christoph Waltz.
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9:56AM on 03/12/2010
PRETTY FUCKING BADASS!!
finally the geeks get who they want
PRETTY FUCKING BADASS!!
finally the geeks get who they want
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9:29AM on 03/12/2010

OF COURSE

This mother fuckers is in every movies that need a bad guys and Gollums is in everymovies that they need someone in a suit to do CGI's FUUUUUCK!!!!


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This mother fuckers is in every movies that need a bad guys and Gollums is in everymovies that they need someone in a suit to do CGI's FUUUUUCK!!!!


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10:31AM on 03/12/2010
What's with people posting links to their shit-ass blogs?
What's with people posting links to their shit-ass blogs?
11:03AM on 03/12/2010
Give this guy a helmet and ban his ass
Give this guy a helmet and ban his ass
11:22AM on 03/12/2010
Right on.

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Right on.

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9:29AM on 03/12/2010

cool

yeah i could see him in that role.
yeah i could see him in that role.
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9:19AM on 03/12/2010
Good choice, I always like Weaving. I think I was one of the 3 people who actually enjoyed The Wolfman. Now c'mon people and announce Cap already....
Good choice, I always like Weaving. I think I was one of the 3 people who actually enjoyed The Wolfman. Now c'mon people and announce Cap already....
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9:19AM on 03/12/2010
Good choice.
Good choice.
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8:50AM on 03/12/2010

This has been a great week...

For comic book movie news.
For comic book movie news.
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8:41AM on 03/12/2010

Thats beyond GREAT!!!

IF this happens it would be the best thing this movie has going for it yet! And to be honest so far its the best rumor about the movie so far. Now if they would get over trying to get teenagers to play Cap. this movie has a chance!
IF this happens it would be the best thing this movie has going for it yet! And to be honest so far its the best rumor about the movie so far. Now if they would get over trying to get teenagers to play Cap. this movie has a chance!
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8:39AM on 03/12/2010
APPROVE
APPROVE
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8:39AM on 03/12/2010
awesome - great choice
awesome - great choice
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8:35AM on 03/12/2010

Awesome

I like this. A LOT. Now if we can just find out who's going to be Steve Rodgers...
I like this. A LOT. Now if we can just find out who's going to be Steve Rodgers...
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8:35AM on 03/12/2010

Not Only Is This Awesome News...

...but I'm liking this article just for the blunt reference.
...but I'm liking this article just for the blunt reference.
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8:33AM on 03/12/2010
I'm cool with it. Johnston needs to pick up the pace with the casting if he's trying to start filming in just a few months.
I'm cool with it. Johnston needs to pick up the pace with the casting if he's trying to start filming in just a few months.
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8:22AM on 03/12/2010
Still, I would love to see Jeremy Irons in the role.
Still, I would love to see Jeremy Irons in the role.
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11:05AM on 03/12/2010
That is a good choice
That is a good choice
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7:49AM on 03/12/2010

I don't know...

He's a fine actor, but my CA mythology is weak. The idea of a red skulled villain is kinda...lame? (just like Skeletor or Ghost Rider)

I know this is probably off base for most people, but he's Captain AMERICA. Why not make him relevant today, and put him up against Al Qaeda? God, how I'd love to see him tearing up those motherfuckers over in Afghanistan. Can you imagine the cheering in the audience? I think America kind of needs it!
He's a fine actor, but my CA mythology is weak. The idea of a red skulled villain is kinda...lame? (just like Skeletor or Ghost Rider)

I know this is probably off base for most people, but he's Captain AMERICA. Why not make him relevant today, and put him up against Al Qaeda? God, how I'd love to see him tearing up those motherfuckers over in Afghanistan. Can you imagine the cheering in the audience? I think America kind of needs it!
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8:36AM on 03/12/2010
The film is gonna be a WW2 period piece, before Al Qaeda came into existence.

P.S. Do a little research on Cap, I recommend it.
The film is gonna be a WW2 period piece, before Al Qaeda came into existence.

P.S. Do a little research on Cap, I recommend it.
8:41AM on 03/12/2010
I know. I'm just dreaming. However, didn't they also say that somehow they have to bring in forward in time (suspended animation?) to get him into the Avengers timeline?

Maybe, just maybe, if they show the "wake him back up" scene in this movie (rather than waiting for it to happen in the Avengers), then maybe it could look be something like Secretary Gates talking to President Obama, saying "Sir...the war on terror needs a fresh new direction. There's this program, the super soldier
I know. I'm just dreaming. However, didn't they also say that somehow they have to bring in forward in time (suspended animation?) to get him into the Avengers timeline?

Maybe, just maybe, if they show the "wake him back up" scene in this movie (rather than waiting for it to happen in the Avengers), then maybe it could look be something like Secretary Gates talking to President Obama, saying "Sir...the war on terror needs a fresh new direction. There's this program, the super soldier program...I'd like to brief you on it..."
7:48AM on 03/12/2010
Hugo Weaving would be a fucking excellent choice.
I hope he takes the role.
Hugo Weaving would be a fucking excellent choice.
I hope he takes the role.
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7:29AM on 03/12/2010

red skull = gary oldman.

but im down with weaving.

and i want a series of cap vs nazi flicks.
but im down with weaving.

and i want a series of cap vs nazi flicks.
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6:50AM on 03/12/2010
Christoph Waltz would have been a bad choice. The kind of Nazi he played in Inglorious Bastards was very different from the scenery chewing, over the top kind of baddie the Red Skull is. Weaving on the other hand excels at this kind of role.
Christoph Waltz would have been a bad choice. The kind of Nazi he played in Inglorious Bastards was very different from the scenery chewing, over the top kind of baddie the Red Skull is. Weaving on the other hand excels at this kind of role.
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6:38AM on 03/12/2010

Christoph Waltz wouldn't have accepted this role after playing Landa.


He just played one of the best Nazi villains in recent film, it might be a bad career move to take on such a similar role.

I think Agent Smith will do fine, but I also liked the Mads Mikkelsen suggestion.

He just played one of the best Nazi villains in recent film, it might be a bad career move to take on such a similar role.

I think Agent Smith will do fine, but I also liked the Mads Mikkelsen suggestion.
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6:34AM on 03/12/2010
Finally casting news I can get behind and the tidbit, before Blade and X-Men, that was as good as it got
Finally casting news I can get behind and the tidbit, before Blade and X-Men, that was as good as it got
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6:00AM on 03/12/2010
Great actor but not who i would of picked
Great actor but not who i would of picked
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