June 8, 2010 / 6:12 AM / 9 years ago

Stanley Tucci joins "Captain America"

Actor Stanley Tucci arrives at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Marvel is plugging holes all over its “Avengers” franchise.

In its latest casting news, the studio said Monday that Stanley Tucci will play Dr. Abraham Erskine in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which comes out next July. The “Julie & Julia” star joins headliner Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell in the superhero movie.

In the early comics, Erskine was a German scientist behind Project Rebirth, the secret experiment that created the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Tucci received an Oscar nomination this year for his role in “The Lovely Bones.” His next films include the drama “Margin Call,” the comedy “Easy A,” which hits theaters in September, and the musical “Burlesque,” which Screen Gems will open in November.

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