If you don’t know the name Toby Jones by now, you almost certainly know his face. He voiced Dobby the Elf in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, played Truman Capote in INFAMOUS, brought to like bagboy Ollie Weeks in THE MIST, and portrayed political figures Swifty Lazar in FROST/NIXON and Karl Rove in Oliver Stone’s W. – those last two both in 2008.
According to TheHollywoodReporter, Jones will star in his very first comic book role movie with Marvel Studios THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA. He is said to be in final negotiations to portray a villainous scientist named Arnim Zola. We posted earlier about the casting of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. The film begins shooting this summer in the U.K., with Joe Johnston (THE WOLFMAN) directing. The movie, mostly set during World War II, stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Sebastian Stan as his Bucky Barnes, and Hayley Atwell as Cap’s love interest Peggy Carter.
As for the character Toby will be portraying, Wikipedia notes: Arnim Zola was a biochemist during World War II who became one of the first human genetic engineers in history after finding papers and equipment used by the offshoot race of humanity, the Deviants. He found a ready home among the Nazi party, who saw his actions as the ability to ensure the existence of a master race. One of his first accomplishments was the creation of a brain pattern imprinting device, which would allow someone’s mental essence to be projected into a cloned brain. Zola presented such a gift to Adolf Hitler, creating the Hate-Monger. Zola also used these skills to form a new body for himself, surviving through the war and into modern times.
Just by looking at the image of Zola from the comics, if you’re like me, you may be wondering just exactly how they’re going to visualize this guy on the big screen. Could be cool I suppose. Jack Kirby created some amazing visual character designs in the comics. Then again… oh well, I guess we’ll see soon enough.