Hugo Weaving has joined the Wachowski Brothers’ and Joel Silver’s production of action-thriller “V for Vendetta,” starring opposite Natalie Portman. He’ll play the title vigilante character known as V. Weaving replaces James Purefoy, who left the production for undisclosed reasons. The movie is in production in Berlin with a Nov. 4 release by Warner Bros. The cast includes Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry. “V for Vendetta” is directed by James McTeigue with a screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd.