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Hugo Weaving in talks to play Red Skull in The First Avenger: Captain America

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.