New Image of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER [Updated]

     March 3, 2011

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The Super Bowl spot for Captain America: The First Avenger gave us a brief glimpse of Hugo Weaving as the villainous Red Skull, but now we have our first good look at his crimson visage.  The make-up is impressive and, like Voldemort, informs kids that people without noses are not to be trusted.  We also get a look at his Hydra uniform, complete with Hyrda belt buckle and arm patches.

Hit the jump to check out the image and learn more about the character.  Captain America: The First Avenger also stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, and Stanley Tucci.  The film opens in 3D on July 22nd. [Update: Paramount has sent us a hi-res version of this image.  Hit the jump to check it out.]

EW.com reports that in the movie, weapons developer Johann Schmidt (Weaving) is transformed into the Red Skull when the Nazis give him their version of the Super Soldier serum.  The U.S. version of the serum transforms the sickly Steve Rogers (Evans) into Captain America. Suck on that, German engineering.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Captain America: The First Avenger:

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.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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