Last time we wrote about Doctor Doom, there was talk from insiders that 20th Century Fox was likely going to reach out to a big name star for the villainous Fantastic Four role and hadn’t ruled out the possibility of switching genders for the iconic character. Well, it looks like neither of things panned out, because Variety is reporting that actor Toby Kebbell has locked down the role of Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s upcoming superhero reboot.
The outlet reports that the story will be based on Marvel’s Ultimate Fantastic Four comic, centering on the exploits of the previously-cast Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) as young men and women. And producer Matthew Vaughn has gone on record saying it won’t be a comedy, so it looks like we have yet another serious comic book film to look forward to. (But with a cast this funny, I’d actually rather see them turn it into a comedy.)
Kebbell is a far cry from the “big name” type the studio was initially reported to be seeking out here, and with this bit of casting in place, it appears that most of the cast is made up of up-and-comers and lesser-known actors. The actor has popped up in films like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Control, and Wrath of the Titans, but it was his work in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla that caught my attention. He plays Johnny Quid, a drugged out rock star, and though I only saw that film once when it came out back in 2008, I still remember Kebbell’s infectious energy. Here’s hoping he can bring a little bit of that to Victor Von Doom and make him a more interesting version of the character than what Julian McMahon did with him back in the 2005 Fantastic Four film.
Combine the lack of star power here with Josh Trank’s relative inexperience behind the camera (he’s only directed one other feature, 2012’s Chronicle) and it looks to me that there’s a lot of trust going on from Fox’s end to basically leave the young director alone and let him make the film he wants to make. That sounds good to me, and I’m guessing their previous two FF films have showed them what happens when they try to micromanage the process too much. Backing off and giving Trank control can’t hurt too much, because with the lack of star power, they likely aren’t expecting this to be an Avengers-level hit. But if Trank can execute his vision well enough, they might have a new franchise on their hands. They already have their sights set on July 4th, 2017 as a release date for The Fantastic Four 2, so hopefully Trank’s newest entry justifies that level of thinking ahead.
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