THR’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that Hugo Weaving (“The Wolfman”, “The Lord of the Rings”) is in talks to play the villain Red Skull in Joe Johnston’s The First Avenger: Captain America.
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 — as would occur later with Captain America — fell into a state of suspended animation. Both were revived in modern times.
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.
The search for an actor to play Steve Rogers / Captain America remains ongoing. The First Avenger: Captain America is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22, 2011.