Actress Hayley Atwell has confirmed that Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones will appear in Captain America: The First Avenger. Atwell, who plays Cap's World War II squeeze Peggy Carter in the movie, spilled the beans about Jones in a London video interview with ComicBookMovie.com. Jones joins a cast that already includes Chris Evans in the title role, Sebastian Stan as sidekick Bucky Barnes and Hugo Weaving as nemesis Red Skull, along with Atwell and Samuel L. Jackson.
Rumors about Jones' involvement in the movie have been going around for weeks without official confirmation from Marvel Studios. Atwell says in the interview that she has yet to meet Jones, although she did reveal that she, Evans and Stan have already hung out in preparation for working together.
As for who Jones will be playing, most of the speculation has centered around Gen. Chester Phillips, the military man who, in the Marvel mythology, selects the skinny but patriotic Steve Rogers for the super-soldier experiment that turns the army reject into the legendary superhero and future leader of the Avengers. The hard-nosed Phillips acts as sort of a mentor and commander for Rogers, a role that seems perfectly suited for Jones' overall tough-guy demeanor.
Jones is known for powerful roles in movies like No Country for Old Men, but he's also starred in the mega-hit comic-based Men in Black movies, with the third one scheduled to come out in 2012. We'll just skip discussing his over-the-top-and-beyond performance as Harvey Two-Face in 1995's Batman Forever, okay?
Captain America is scheduled to start shooting this July in Europe under the supervision of director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman), with the movie due for release on July 22, 2011—hard on the heels of next May's Thor.
Whatever role Tommy Lee Jones ends up with—he's in Captain America! Are you psyched or what?