No More Red Skull for Hugo Weaving?

The Captain America villain says he's not interested in future sequels. Will Marvel hold him to his contractual obligation?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Hugo Weaving's been an integral part of some of the biggest motion picture franchises in the world, including The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings and the the Marvel superhero movies. But what happens when an actor with a contractual obligation for sequels decides he doesn't want to do it anymore? That's the question Marvel Studios may have to answer if Weaving's recent interview with Collider is any indication.

Weaving, who played Captain America's arch-nemesis The Red Skull in the 2011 summer blockbuster Captain Ameria: The First Avenger, says he just plain doesn't want to do it anymore, and suspects that Marvel wouldn't force him to complete his contract.

Quoth the Weaving: "It’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great."

Weaving adds, perhaps to bolster his position, that he suspects there are no plans to bring The Red Skull back anytime soon anyway, stating, "I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might forThe Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there." 

Contracts aren't as ironclad in Hollywood as outsiders might expect. Studios aren't keen to upset their talent, particularly the talented ones, and are often willing to ignore certain contractual obligations for the good of the franchise. You may recall that after Batman and Robin, George Clooney was contractually obligated to play Batman in one more film. Warner Bros. decided to let him off the hook for Batman Begins anyway, and some (well, most) would argue that the world was better for it, even though Clooney's starpower had only risen in the interim.

It seems like Marvel doesn't plan to return to the Red Skull in the near future anyhow, unless he's secretly an important aspect of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but if that were the case Weaving would almost certainly know about it by now. We imagine that if the Cloud Atlas star is really serious about not wanting to return, Marvel will be willing to let him go, but that now bears the question: who would replace him as the Red Skull when the character does make his (seemingly inevitable) return?

For the rest of Hugo Weaving's interview, including updates on The Hobbit and Transformers 4, click on over to Collider.

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