It was recently confirmed that Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, The Wolf Man) was to play the Red Skull opposite Chris Evans’ Captain America. Today news is out that Toby Jones (The Mist, Infamous) is to play the evil Nazi scientist, Arnim Zola. Joe Johnston’s film is shaping up to have a great cast of actors.
Arnim Zola was a biochemist during World War II who became one of the first human genetic engineers in history after finding papers and equipment used by the offshoot race of humanity, the Deviants. He found a ready home among the Nazi party, who saw his actions as the ability to ensure the existence of a master race.
One of his first accomplishments was the creation of a brain pattern imprinting device, which would allow someone’s mental essence to be projected into a cloned brain. Zola presented such a gift to Adolf Hitler, creating the Hate-Monger.
Born with a frail, dwarfish body, Zola used his scientific skills to genetically fashion a new stronger body for himself. Having done so, Zola used the mind-transferrance technique he devised to project his mind into the cloned brain of his new body, a brain that he situated in the chest cavity where it would be more protected. Since the brains of all of his genetic creations were grown from cells of his own, he can mentally project his intelligence into any of his creations.
As you can see from the figure by Bruce Ross above, he looks sort of like Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon from the 80s. I don’t think he will have that look in the Captain America film (well at least not at first) and will probably be a normal human mad scientist until some kind of accident or maniacal scheme. To be honest I think it is great that they have Zola involved as it may well give the necessary reason for the Red Skull to survive into the present day. However, it does mean that we may well see Toby Jones crop up in other Marvel Studios films and I could see him in The Avengers having created some kind of crazy looking army of genetic freaks.
The man who could have been Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz, is down to direct Racing Patriots. Sounds like a crazy mix of racing cars and warfare.
The story, written by Frederic Helmer, follows three Grand Prix champs who escaped from France in 1940 and were trained by Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Unit as spies and saboteurs. They soon help lead the French resistance during the occupation under the noses of the Gestapo and Nazi terrorism experts.
Samuel Le Bihan will star as Robert Benoist, a WWI flying ace and 1927 World Champion. The other two roles – First Monaco Grand Prix winner William Grover-Williams, and 1937 and 1939 Le Mans winner Jean Pierre Wimille – have yet to be announced.
Does sound very intriguing and will be interesting to see what Stoltz does with it.
If you have seen Iron Man 2 (opening today in the States) you will know that Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) father is in it. He shows up briefly on some old films that Tony watches.
As you may also know, the Captain America movie is going to be set mainly during World War 2. This means that Howard Stark (John Slattery) would have been in his prime back then. Plus being a mover and shaker in the technology world he would probably have been involved in some way with the Super Soldier project. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) even mentions that Howard was involved in the formation of SHIELD.
MTV news spoke to director Jon Favreau about the possibility of Howard Stark showing up in the Captain America movie.
“Yeah, because he was around then,” confirmed Favreau.
“['Captain America'] is World War II,” he explained. “It wouldn’t be that same actor, probably, because he would be much younger.”
“[Howard Stark] was starting out during that time, and [he] was involved with the war effort, much like Howard Hughes,” said the filmmaker.
Looks as if the new Call of Duty game will take us to different time periods for some Cold War action.
Call of Duty returns this November, but this is a Call of Duty like no other, this is Black Ops.
Now you will witness the birth of the Elite Special Forces and take part in off-the-record missions using unconventional weaponry to get the job done! From Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops features stunning cinematic graphics and intense gameplay that puts you right at the heart of the action!
The main parts have been cast, although still not sure if Hugo Weaving has definitely signed up as the Red Skull. Now UGO have a rumour from a reliable source that Tommy Lee Jones may also be starring in the film.
No word on who he will be playing if he does get involved, but as shooting begins at the end of June and Men in Black 3 is also due to start filming this summer Mr Jones may either be very busy or won’t be in Captain America.
Now, according to CHUD, the Howling Commandos may be in it.
I just spoke to Marvel Studios own Odin, Kevin Feige. Running after Kevin in a hallway in the Four Seasons Hotel I got him to confirm that the Howling Commandos will show up in the Captain America movie.
The first group of Howling Commandos was an elite special unit formed in World War II. The original team consisted of Nick Fury, Corporal Thaddeus Aloysius Cadwallander “Dum Dum” Dugan, Private Gabriel Jones, Private Robert “Rebel” Ralston, Private Dino Manelli, Private Isadore “Izzy” Cohen and Private Jonathan “Junior” Juniper who was killed in action after the first few issues. He was replaced by Private Percival “Pinky” Pinkerton, a British soldier – Wiki
They’ll be fighting alongside him in The First Avenger: Captain America, but they may not be specifically called ‘The Howling Commandos.’
“The characters will be there as part of the larger Marvel Universe,” Feige said. One character he would confirm was Gabe Jones. Why have the Howling Commandos in the film and not refer to them by name? Surely you should have that little fan boy nod.
They wouldn’t even have to be in it much maybe just a ten minute deal. I want to know if they will have Nick Fury in it. As we know Samuel L Jackson is the Fury of the Marvel Movieverse (and the Ultimate Marvel Universe), however he was originally the grizzled old white dude with the cigars and attitude. His longevity in the comics was down to the Infinity Formula, hence the reason he didn’t have to go into the future by the suspended animation route as Cap did.
I am not sure whether they will want to have Fury mixed up in it from all those years ago in the film so Jackson may well just be in modern times. Now what would be cool is if they had someone playing the Nick Fury from the original comics so we get to see both versions. They wouldn’t have to mention him by name, just get someone who obviously looks like him.
I am made up that Marvel are using their many years of stories to flesh out the movieverse. What other aspects of the World War II era Marvel stories would you like to see? Who could they get to play the Commandos?
This novel by Ian Tregillis sounds amazing and would make an amazing film.
Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.
“A major talent… I can’t wait to see more.”
—George R. R. Martin
“Mad English warlocks battling twisted Nazi psychics? Yes please, thank you. Tregillis’s debut has a white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters– an unstoppable Vickers of a novel.”
Could you imagine that on the big screen – German Ubermen going toe to toe with Warlocks controlling the very elements of Mother Earth.
I think it is good that they went with Atwell as opposed to a known face.
Marvel Studios announced today that Hayley Atwell has been cast to star as Peggy Carter in the studio’s highly anticipated movie CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER opposite Chris Evans. In the early comics, Peggy Carter fell in love with Captain America while they fought together in the war effort. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. 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.
Atwell will next be seen in PILLARS OF THE EARTH, the 8-part miniseries premiering July 23 on Starz and the TV series THE PRISONER. Her film credits include THE DUCHESS, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED and CASSANDRA’S DREAM.
In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, THOR on May 6, 2011, and Marvel Studios’ THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.