British thesp Toby Jones (“Infamous,” “The Mist,” “W.,” “Frost/Nixon”) is in final negotiations to portray the villainous scientist Arnim Zola in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The First Avenger” reports Heat Vision.
In the comics Zola is a biochemist who became one of the world’s first genetic engineers and worked under Hitler and Red Skull, the latter financing some of Zola’s experiments. Zola survived the war by transferring his mental essence into a robot.
Jones joins a cast which includes Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Stan. Joe Johnston directs and shooting kicks off this Summer in the UK.
Jones will next be seen guest-starring in upcoming episodes of “Doctor Who” and “Agatha Christie’s Poirot”. On the big screen he’ll next be seen in “Your Highness,” “What’s Wrong with Virginia” and “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”. He’s shooting “The Rite” with Anthony Hopkins this Summer.