In a word — kinda.
THR shares that Tim Blake Nelson — who, yes, yes, already starred in a comic book movie with 2008’s The Incredible Hulk — is is in final negotiations to join Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four. Nelson will reportedly play Harvey Elder, an “eccentric and socially awkward scientist.” Oh, yeah, he’s also the Mole Man.
As ComingSoon reminds us:
Comic book fans will recall Elder’s name as being the alternate identity of the subterranean ruler known as the Mole Man. In comic book lore, Elder was a scientist who, after being lost on an expedition to Monster Island, wound up discovering the world of Subterranea. Because he was mocked by the surface world for his theories regarding the underground kingdom, Elder decided to stay and became the world’s ruler.
Despite his traditional identification as a bad guy, Nelson is not expected to be playing a villain in the new film. That honor belongs to Toby Kebbell, who is on board as Doctor Doom. Instead, Nelson’s Elder will be more focused on the scientist side of his personality — that means no Mole Man — though “Elder’s appearance does set up the character to be the villain in future installments of the franchise.” Plan those sequels, guys!
Although Mole Man has appeared in various video games and in a number of Marvel television shows, the character has never hit the big screen, so this is big — if badly-visioned — news.
In case you’ve somehow forgotten, Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four cinematic mythos is already set to star Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan. Not too shabby. And it’s sure nice to see someone with a little bit of actorly gravitas and experience join the film, even if we’re probably going to be rooting against him at some point.
The Fantastic Four will open on June 19, 2015.
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