Rumours that Richard Armitage had landed a role in the Captain America movie were confirmed in September 2010 when pictures and video of him on the film set in Manchester began to surface (see below). It was soon apparent that his role was that of Heinz Kruger, a Nazi agent and the first enemy of Steve Rogers aka Captain America. On 10 October, Richard's name appeared on the Captain America IMDB page.
Captain America: The First Avenger was released in the US on 22 July 2011 and in the UK on 29 July 2011. See news dated 19 November below for the international release schedule. It was also shown in 3D.
Report received via email to this site from an actor who played a docker during Richard's scenes in Liverpool, 2nd October 2010:
"I can confirm that I am a professional actor, and I was hired to play a docker and spent a week at Stanley dock in Liverpool. I am a big Spooks fan and had no idea that Richard was in it as he was cast late. We were about to do a scene and there was a tall guy in a grey suit. Someone said to me "That's the guy from Spooks". I assumed it would be someone who'd been in the show once, or a lesser character. Then I recognised Richard. I couldn't believe it! I had to be in a 1940s car as he shot towards me (and Captain America), then I was a yard from him as he was hauled from a mini sub and thrown (his stuntman) onto the dockside. Richard then had to lie down in a soaked suit (and it was VERY cold) and take a cyanide pill. I was sat near him when he was practising chewing it - it was obviously not very appetising! There was also a dummy made of him - from the waist up, that was scarily life-like! He seemed very quiet and unassuming, but friendly with the crew. Wish he wasn't playing a Nazi though!
I still can't believe I was in the same scene as Richard!! I really wanted to say to him how much I loved his work on Spooks and Robin Hood, but it would have been a bit unprofessional on set. I do remember him practising with the poison capsule at a table a few feet from me. He seemed to find the taste pretty horrible! He seemed very humble and good natured on set, and a very nice man."
7 Mar 2012
Profiles in History are auctioning costumes and props from Captain America: The First Avenger. Click the online catalogue to view the items, including Heinz Kruger's Zippo lighter detonator on p32 (thumbnails 34-35) and the costume Richard wore as Heinz Kruger on p35 (thumbnails 36-37).
6 Dec 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger will be shown on Sky Box Office and Sky 3D in the UK from Monday 19 December on multiple showings throughout the day.
30 Nov 2011
The Captain America: The First Avenger DVD is released in Australia on December 1, 2011. Links to JB Hi Fi and EzyDVD.
27 Oct 2011
Captain America DVD Extras: details of the extras are at the bottom of this detailed review of the movie on TheHDRoom.com. Richard appears briefly (about 10 - 15 seconds) in the third featurette about the technology used in the film, showing him filming scenes in the submarine. He is also praised in the audio commentary.
23 Sept 2011
Captain America DVD release dates: in the US it is released by Amazon.com on 25 October 2011 at a cost of $17.99 ($24.99 for Blu-ray). Amazon UK haven't confirmed the price yet, but the release date is currently 5 December 2011.
Details of the Captain America DVD extras have been announced here. The release date is 25 October on Amazon.com and 5 December 2011 on Amazon UK. The DVD is also available in Bluray and 3D versions.
21 July 2011
Richard was in New York last night at another screening of Captain America: The First Avenger at the AMC Lowes Lincoln Square theatre, with Hayley Atwell and Neal McDonough. The event was promoted by Visa Signature. Pictures are here in the NYC Screening gallery.
20 July 2011
Richard attended last night's premiere of the movie at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA and two video interviews have been made available on the Marvel.com site (Richard appears at 2.46) and on the AP Live site (click the first clip under 'Previous clips', Richard's interview appears at 3.52).
I've captured just the extracts of Richard which you can view or download here:
Marvel Interview - poor audio in places. Karyn has provided a transcript which you can download here.
More pictures from the Premiere in the gallery with thanks to Cesta and screencaps from the Marvel red carpet interview added thanks to Bccmee.
Richard spoke to What's On TV while at the premiere: "I play king of the dwarves, so it's the first time I get to be smaller than other people," the 6ft 2in tall actor joked.
16 July 2011
Richard has been interviewed for his role as Heinz Kruger in Captain America: The First Avenger, which has been uploaded on to the Trailer Addict site. He describes his character's role in the movie and his motivation. Screencaps from the interview are in the CA Interview gallery. The video has been close captioned with a transcript on Bccmee's blog.
16 July 2011
There are a few seconds of Richard as Heinz Kruger in this behind the scenes clip of the Captain America shoot. Richard appears at 1.52. Thanks to Calexora for finding this. Click the image below to enlarge.
13 July 2011
Six new images of Richard as Heinz Kruger from Captain America: The First Avenger have been released on the lyricis.fr site and ComicBookMovie.com. Click each picture to enlarge. Thanks to Izabelanna and Bccmee.
The second full length Captain America trailer is now on the official movie site. Click 'Video' and then 'Theatrical Trailer' for the latest one. There is a new brief clip of Richard as Heinz Kruger in the trailer. The screencaps have been added to the CA Trailer gallery.
Bccmee has provided a transcription and close-captioned the video on her blog. You can also watch it in full HD from that link.
14 June 2011
A new Captain America trailer will be shown this evening at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood, look out for footage of that soon. Also a new vintage-style poster has appeared to promote the movie (click image below to enlarge). No picture of Richard but his name is fairly prominent. Further details on MovieWeb.com
05 June 2011
Short trailers for Captain America have been shown on US television over the last few days, showing similar clips to the main trailer. The third TV spot however shows a very brief shot of Richard as Heinz Kruger being kicked by Steve Rogers (25 seconds in), which was filmed at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Richard also appears two more times earlier on in the trailer, but these are clips already seen in the main trailer.
03 June 2011
New stills from Captain America: The First Avenger have been posted on ComicBookMovie.com. Bccmee has found a larger version of one of the pictures of Richard as Heinz Kruger without the watermark. Click the pictures below to enlarge.
08 May 2011 Hayley Atwell Interview in SFX magazine
Brief mention of Richard on the second page (click images below to enlarge)
24 Mar 2011
The first full length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger has now been released. Watch it below or click the full screen button (bottom right corner) to view in full screen. You can also adjust the resolution so that you can watch in 1080i HD. Richard appears at 1.43.
Bccmee has a high quality download of the Captain America trailer on her blog - download it here.
23 Mar 2011
The Entertainment Tonight programme on 22 March did not show any more images of Richard than those posted in yesterday's news below, however there is extra footage from the film and an extra scene on the MovieWeb site. The full trailer has still not been released.
23 Mar 2011
Entertainment Tonight announced that they'd be showing footage from the film on their programme on 22 March, according to various news sites and The HD Room. There is a very brief glimpse of Richard as Heinz Kruger in the youtube clip embedded on that site, although thanks to Luna we can see a much better quality version on youtube here:
Screenshots courtesy of HeathRA, click to enlarge:
3 Feb 2011
There's a six page article about Captain America: The First Avenger and a large picture of Richard as Heinz Kruger in the March 2011 issue of Empire magazine, with an interesting comment that they spotted Richard reading The Hobbit! Click on the thumbnails below to read the article.
30 Jan 2011
The trailer that will be shown during the Superbowl broadcast on Sunday 6th February will be only 30 seconds long, but a 2½ minute trailer will be released soon, according to director Joe Johnston.
20 Jan 2011
A trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger will be shown at this year's Superbowl on February 6th according to CinemaBlend and various other movie sites.
5 Jan 2011
Captain America production designer Rick Heinrichs has revealed some of the plot of the film in a French magazine and The Daily Blam have summarised the plot points. No mention of Heinz Kruger/Richard Armitage but a general overview of the storyline. A trailer for this film is expected in the next few weeks.
3 Jan 2011
Entertainment Tonight will soon release video footage of their Captain America set visit according to various sites on the internet and also comingsoon.net.
14 Dec 2010
During an interview with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige, it's been revealed that they are currently working on the Captain America trailer and it will be released in the new year. Further details on Screenrant.com
19 Nov 2010
The international release schedule for Captain America: The First Avenger has been released - find your country's release date on Marvel.com. The USA and Canada will have it first on 22 July, the UK on 29 July 2011.
10 Nov 2010
Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, has commented on the recent publicity photos from the film. Of the photo of Richard in the submarine, he says 'The submarine was built by Paul Corbould's team of special effects technicians. It can actually dive and resurface, travels at 12 knots, has a watertight compartment for the actor, Richard Armitage, who plays a very convincingly evil spy, Heinz Kruger.'
02 Nov 2010
A high resolution picture of Richard as Heinz Kruger sitting in the HYDRA sub. Click to enlarge.