Derek Luke arrives to the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Jan. 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California

*He was cast months ago, but it’s only now been revealed what character Derek Luke will be playing in the upcoming “Captain America: First Avenger” for Marvel Studios.

Blackfilm has confirmed that Luke will play Gabe Jones, an original member of the elite Howling Commandos combat squad of World War II.

In comics lore, Jones was the first African-American to serve in an integrated unit and a close confidante to Sergeant Nick Fury, to be played by Samuel L. Jackson). Jones would later join Fury as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The cast also includes Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Neal McDonough.

The film is scheduled to open July 22, 2011.