Stanley Tucci Joins 'Captain America' Cast

Stanley TucciMarvel Studios has confirmed yet another cast member for "Captain America: The First Avenger."

According to an official announcement made earlier today, actor Stanley Tucci will play Dr. Abraham Erskine in the 2011 film directed by Joe Johnston. In the Marvel Universe, Erskine was the scientist who created the super-soldier serum that made Steve Rogers the epitome of human conditioning, giving him strength, speed, stamina and other attributes far beyond those of the average man.

Tucci joins a cast that includes Chris Evans in the title role, Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as female lead Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as James "Bucky" Barnes, and unconfirmed cast members Neil McDonough and Tommy Lee Jones, among others.

Here's the official text of Marvel's announcement:

Stanley Tucci Confirmed as Dr. Abraham Erskine in Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Marvel Studios announced today that Oscar® nominated actor Stanley Tucci has been cast to star as Dr. Abraham Erskine in the studio’s highly anticipated movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opposite Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, and Hayley Atwell. In the early comics, Dr. Erskine was a German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier known as Captain America. Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Tucci’s credits include JULIE & JULIA, Peter Jackson’s THE LOVELY BONES, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. He can next be seen in the upcoming comedy EASY A as well as the upcoming movie musical BURLESQUE.

In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios most recently released the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, and will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including, THOR on May 6, 2011, and MARVEL STUDIOS’ THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.

Given Erskine's role in Captain America's history, one has to wonder how this affects the role of Tony Stark's father, Howard, with the Super Soldier Project. We speculated way back in 2008 that Howard Stark could have a big part to play in the program that creates Captain America, and "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau recently confirmed some of those suspicions.

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