Watch out, Captain America. You officially have an arch-nemesis. Marvel has announced that they have cast Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull, in their 2011 Captain America flick. The actor already has experience playing the big-screen baddie in action flicks — he voiced Megatron in Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and, of course, starred as Agent Smith in the Matrix films. Captain America: The First Avenger‘s story will focus on Steve Rogers’ transformation into the titular superhero after participating in an experimental program.
Weaving’s Skull will be an update on the Schmidt character that appeared in the comics. He was drafted into the service of the Third Reich and renamed the Red Skull. Production will begin this summer in London with Captain America set to bow on July 22, 2011.