It’s not like Hugo Weaving needs any more geek cred. His role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy secured that. If that wasn’t enough, his performance in the Matrix trilogy cast it in iron. Then his adding his voice to Megatron in the Transformers films plated it in gold. And even his role in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert ensured that he will always have a cult status.
But apparently that wasn’t enough. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the actor is in negotiations to play the Red Skull in the upcoming Captain America film.
If this goes through, it will be the second time in ten years that Weaving has starred in a comic book movie, following 2005′s V for Vendetta. It would also reunite him with his director for The Wolfman, Joe Johnson.
The Red Skull, Captain America’s arch-enemy, was a German bellhop whose merciless nature caught the eye of Adolph Hitler. He quickly rose to the position of Hitler’s right hand man and was a constant foe for the star-spangled hero.
The search for who is to play the lead is still going on, but the list of potential candidates has been whittled down to Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Wilson Bethel (The Young and the Restless, Generation Kill), Chris Evans (The Losers, Fantastic Four) and Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights, Tron Legacy), according again to The Hollywood Reporter.