The Fantastic Four reboot is finally piecing together its cast of fresh young faces. However, we’ve yet to see who will tackle the role of Dr. Doom.
Chronicle director Josh Trank will use his considerable cinematic talents to bring the Fantastic Four reboot to life, a film that finds Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as Ben Grimm, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Blaze, and Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment) as Reed Richards.
Although the heroes are all present and accounted for in the Fantastic Four reboot, it’s still unclear who will play the role of Dr. Doom. Since Trank and the folks at 20th Century Fox decided to change things up a bit by casting Jordan as the Human Torch — he’s a white guy in the comic books — many people wondered if director could do the same for the movie’s villain.
If you were hoping that an up-and-coming actress would portray Doom in the upcoming adaptation, then you’re about to suffer from a whopping case of bitter disappointment. Casting a woman as the Fantastic Four’s archenemy would definitely get the world’s attention, but apparently Trank and Fox are playing it safe in this case.
According to Cinema Blend, there are four young actors on the short list to play the villain in Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) are all reportedly in consideration for the part.
Out of the four actors up for the role of Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four reboot, this writer is particularly interested in Riley and Kebbell, the former of whom portrayed late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in director Anton Corbijn remarkable 2007 biopic Control. Playing the emotionally troubled singer was no easy feat, though Riley was certainly up to the task.
If producers are looking to make Doom a darkly intense villain, then Kebbell is definitely the way to go. His performances in Wilderness, The Veteran, and Guy Ritchie’s RockNRolla prove the guy has the chops to bring some much-needed energy to the role. Of course, just about anything is better than Julian McMahon’s bland portrayal of the villain in Tim Story’s wonky adaptations. The filmmakers have nowhere to go but up.
For the moment, it’s unclear who will play Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four reboot. Since 20th Century Fox wants the flick in theaters by June 19, 2015, chances are they’ll need to make a decision as soon as possible. Filming on the project should begin very shortly. Who would you like to see portray the iconic villain?
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