Director Joe Johnston's "The First Avenger: Captain America" has picked up another villain.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Toby Jones has signed on to play Arnim Zola, a nazi scientist who used his horrific experiments to allow himself to unnaturally extend his life, ultimately leading to his consciousness being permanently stuck in a robotic body.
Jones has previously appeared in "W" as Karl Rove, "Frost/Nixon" as Swifty Lazar, Smee in "Finding Neverland" and in the "Harry Potter" film series as the voice of Dobby the House Elf. Jones is also slated to appear in an upcoming episode of "Doctor Who" as well as the feature film, "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn."
Arnim Zola was created by the legendary Jack Kirby in 1977 and first appeared in the pages of "Captain America." Throughout the majority of his appearances, Arnin Zola is usually portrayed as being subservient to the Red Skull — who is played by Hugo Weaving in the movie. Rounding out the cast are Chris Evans in the title role, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Haley Atwell as Peggy Carter.
"Captain America" is currently scheduled to go in front of the cameras in June, for a July 2011 release date.
A recent rumor also suggested that Joss Whedon ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") may be called upon to rewrite the "Captain America" script.
What are your thoughts on Toby Jones as Arnim Zola? Should Arnim Zola be portrayed as a human scientist or a robotic fiend? Should other Nazi super-villains like Baron Zemo and Master Man appear in the film? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!