Actor to play US Army Colonel Chester Phillips

Tommy Lee Jones has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: The First Avenger” as U.S. Army Colonel Chester Phillips.

Chris Evans suits up as the star-spangled superhero in the pic that Joe Johnston is helming from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Paramount releases the pic on July 22, 2011.

Hugo Weaving portrays the villainous Red Skull, while Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Stanley Tucci round out the cast. Neal McDonough is also negotiating to play “Dum Dum” Dugan.

Actioner will focus on the early days of Steve Rogers and how he volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

In the early comics, the Phillips character recruited Rogers to join Project Rebirth, behind the Super Solider program. The character will be revamped for the film.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is producing “Captain America,” while Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Nigel Gostelow and Louis D’Esposito serve as executive producers.

Jones will next be seen in the downsizing drama “The Company Men,” to be released by the Weinstein Co.

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