Red Skull Confirmed for Captain America: The First Avenger, Plus Casting and Costume News






The Red Skull has been confirmed as the villain for the upcoming Captain America movie.

Director Joe Johnston has been making the Hollywood rounds to promote his new movie The Wolfman, which is good news for Captain America fans waiting for more information on The First Avenger. Earlier, we reported on news that The Invaders would be featured prominently in the movie, leading to speculation that the movie would focus entirely on World War 2. Johnston has confirmed this, saying that only the bookends to the movie would be set in the present:

"Virtually the entire story except the bookends are in World War II because we all recognize we have one chance to tell the origin story of how he became Captain America, you can’t tell a modern story and then go back and tell the origin story. If you’re going to do it, let’s do it. Let’s do it first. Everyone wanted to tell an origin story. There was a version where it was a modern story and it didn’t work."

In addition, Johnston confirmed that the Red Skull would be the main villain in the movie.

In another interview, Johnston talked a lot about the Captain America costume:

"The costume is a flag, but the way we’re getting around that is we have Steve Rogers forced into the USO circuit. After he’s made into this super-soldier, they decide they can’t send him into combat and risk him getting killed. He’s the only one and they can’t make more. So they say, ‘You’re going to be in this USO show’ and they give him a flag suit. He can’t wait to get out of it."

"When he does go AWOL, he covers up the suit but then, after a few things happen, he realizes that this uniform allows him to lead. By then, he’s become a star in the public mind and a symbol. The guys get behind him because he embodies something special."

"In the first USO sequences, the frustrated patriot will be wearing a version that is closer to the classic Jack Kirby-designed costume, but then later as the super-soldier hits the war zone he will be wearing a sturdier, more muted version that he makes himself that is more like battle togs. The stripes across his mid-section, for instance, will be straps, not colored fabric."

Finally, Johnston discussed the number of actors that he is currently looking at for the Steve Rogers role:

"Well, we’re testing five or six guys. The youngest is 23, the oldest is 32. Most of the guys in the war are just kids, 18 or 19, but we want to go a little bit older. We have to have somebody locked in before I leave March 1 for London."

So let the speculation begin! Looks like we will definitely have an answer within a month.

Source: Superherohype , LA Times

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Posted originally: 2010-02-08 11:13:40

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