Stanley Tucci is an Oscar nominee who’s about to step into the world of comic book fandom. Next year he’ll appear in Joe Johnston’s adaptation of Marvel’s Captain America. The film has been in production for over a month and Tucci took a break from shooting to promote his latest project Easy A. While at the Los Angeles press junket, I asked him about his role in Captain America and why he decided to jump on the superhero bandwagon.

Stanley Tucci: “I play Dr. Erskine who’s described as an elderly German scientist. I have to do an accent and be elderly. When they asked me to play him initially I was like ‘Is that like a compliment or is that an insult? I don’t know?’”

In the comic, Dr. Abraham Erskine is the guy who injects Steve Rogers with the “Super-Soldier” serum that makes him a lean, mean, fighting machine. Tucci went on to talk about his co-stars and his experience on the film thus far.

Stanley Tucci: I shot with Chris [Evans], and Dominic Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones and Hayley Atwell. I love the role. It’s really well written. I’d never done anything like that before. I’ve always wanted to do a German accent. It’s so much fun. It’s really interesting. Very good script, great experience. I was shooting it in London and I go back in a month and a half.

Apparently, this script is mind blowing. Tucci had nothing but positive things to say about it. It was initially written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and later on Joss Whedon came on board to do a rewrite. I hope it lives up to the hype.

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Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters on July 22, 2011.

Do you think Captain America will be as good as Tucci says? Do you have high expectations for the film?