Tommy Lee Jones Confirmed as Captain America’s Recruiter

Tommy Lee Jones

Yes, it looks like that rumor about Tommy Lee Jones joining the cast of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger were true. It’s nice to know that a good rumor has not been wasted. As for the role, it looks like Jones will play the man who stalked Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in his high school cafeteria: his recruiter. Or something like that, at least.

According to an official Marvel press release, Jones will play Colonel Chester Phillips, the man who recruits Rogers into the Super Soldier program (also known as “Project Rebirth”), where he receives experimental treatments that turn him into the ultimate fighting machine. For those who aren’t keen to the Captain America lore, the Super Soldier serum is similar to what Tim Roth’s character took in The Incredible Hulk, with the exception of turning into a monster in the end. It turns tough guy Rogers into something beyond human — a scientifically engineered badass.

As we’ve mentioned before, adding the Oscar winner Jones — along with the casting on Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving — continues to add weight to an already impressive cast. Sure, there are the variables. Chris Evans is an actor whose work I’ve enjoyed, but as Steve Rogers he will be a question mark until we see him in action. Hayley Atwell is still very new to the scene, as is Sebastian Stan. But on the whole, director Joe Johnston has assembled one hell of a cast for this project, which should instill confidence in the minds of fans.

Just like it did when the cast was announced for The Wolfman.


Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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