Nicole Sperling
June 28, 2010 AT 06:34 PM EDT

Once again Marvel has chosen to confirm casting months after strong speculation. But yes, it’s true Tommy Lee Jones will play Colonel Phillips in Captain America: First Avenger. Who knows? The studio is so late on the news, the guy may have already filmed his scenes. Regardless, when you see the movie next summer, count on Jones playing the important role of the man who recruits Steve Rogers to join Project Rebirth, the experimental project that leads to the creation of the Super Soldier. Marvel says the character will be updated for the film, which bows on July 22, 2011.

Jones can next be seen in the Sundance hit The Company Men opposite Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper. The Weinstein Co. is scheduled to release the film in New York and Los Angeles on October 22nd.

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