By Nicole Sperling
June 07, 2010 at 09:11 PM EDT

Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci has signed on to star as Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger opposite Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving. In the early comic books, Erskine was a German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that turned Steve Rogers into the Super Soldier. Joe Johnston is directing the film, which is currently shooting in London.

Tucci most recently co-starred in Julie & Julia and The Lovely Bones. He can next be seen in the upcoming comedy Easy A starring Emma Stone, and the movie musical Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher.