Hey gang! Marvel studios has announced that actor Stanely Tucci has officially been cast in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger! He will be taking on the role of Dr. Abraham Erskine and joins the already cast Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, and Haylee Atwell. There is also word that Tommy Lee Jones will join the cast, but the jury is still out on that one.
For those of you who don't know, Dr. Erskine was the German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Stanely Tucci is a wonderful actor who has starred in such films as The Lovely Bones, The Terminal, Road to Perdition, Julie & Julia, and several others. He makes a great addition to the already solid cast.
Here is some more detailed information on the Dr. Abraham Erskine for those of you who would like to know more.
Abraham Erskine was a scientist from the 1940s who first developed the Super-Soldier Serum, as well as the Vita-Rays designed to create an army of enhanced human beings whose physical defects and limitations would be eliminated for the USA World War II efforts.
It would be Erskine's process that transformed Clinton McIntyre into Protocide but accidentally killing McIntyre and later successfully scrawny Steve Rogers into the muscular Captain America. After getting his process to be successful with Rogers' trial run, a Nazi agent named Heinz Kruger infiltrated the top-secret military base and assassinated Erskine at Rogers' transformation presentation.
To date, nobody has ever been able to duplicate the Super Soldier Serum intact as successfully as Erskine was with Rogers 1. Others have either recreated powerful human transformation techniques similar to Erskine's including his successor Wilfred Nagel and Rogers II who became the Captain America of the 1950s, or the Power Broker whose subjects emerge with actual superhuman strength.
What do you think about Stanley Tucci being cast in this role?