Hugo Weaving To Play Red Skull In ‘Captain America’?

While Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston continue to review candidates for the leading role of “Captain America,” the film’s villain could be cast within a few days.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugo Weaving is in negotiations to portray the Red Skull in “The First Avenger: Captain America.” If the deal is finalized, it would reunite Weaving with Johnston — who directed Weaving in “The Wolfman” earlier this year.

The Red Skull was created as one of Hitler’s top agents back in 1941 and has been Captain America’s primary villain for most of the intervening years.

Weaving is no stranger to the playing the part of the villain, having previously portrayed the iconic Agent Smith in “The Matrix” trilogy, in addition to his turn as the voice of Megatron in both “Transformers” films. Weaving is also well known for his role as Elrond in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Chris Evans, Garrett Hedlund and Wilson Bethel had joined Mike Vogel on Marvel’s shortlist to play Steve Rogers. Chace Crawford, John Krasinski, Michael Cassidy and Scott Porter — the previous rumored contenders for the role — are reportedly no longer in the running. A final casting decision is expected soon.

“The First Avenger: Captain America” is slated to begin shooting in June and will be released in July, 2011.

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