Marvel Studios has found Captain America’s nemesis in its summer 2011 tentpole, Captain America: The FirstAvenger.

Hugo Weaving will star opposite Chris Evans as Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull, who in the early comics served under The Third Reich and was renamed The Red Skull.

The character will be updated for the film, which Joe Johnston will direct from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely that will focus on an experimental super-soldier programme.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce Captain America: The First Avenger. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will serve as executive producers. 

The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 through Paramount Pictures. Marvel Studios is owned by the Walt Disney Company.

Weaving was last seen in The Wolfman and voiced Megatron in the Transformers franchise. His credits include starring in V For Vendetta, The Matrix franchise, and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Weaving is represented by CAA, Shanahan Management and attorney David Weber.