Tim Blake Nelson to Play Harvey Elder in the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot
The main cast of Chronicle director Josh Trank's reboot of Fantastic Four is already squared away with Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan playing the superpowered quartet. Now the supporting roles are starting to get filled in as THR reports that Tim Blake Nelson has landed the role of Harvey Elder, a character described as "an eccentric and socially awkward scientist.” However, comic book fans might recognize him as becoming the villain Mole Man, the leader of a Subterranean group called the Moloids. Thankfully, the plan isn't for Nelson to become that bad guy in the new big screen adaptation.
Instead, since we already have Toby Kebbell set up as Doctor Doom, Nelson's character will be set up for a villain role in later installments of Fox's other popular Marvel Comics property. You might remember that Nelson played Samuel Sterns, a scientist who was also set up to be a potential future villain in The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton back in 2008. But it seems like whatever plans that were in store for that continuance have been abandoned in favor of whatever will happen with Hulk after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. That's somewhat of a bummer, but Nelson is a great addition to any cast.
Of course, Mole Man sounds pretty ridiculous, so hopefully the writers come up with some way for him to be an actual threat as opposed to just a guy who sounds like a hermit living underground with weird people. If that kind of villain sounds familiar, he was also spoofed as The Underminer at the end of Pixar's The Incredibles (which also has a sequel in development). Anyway, expect to hear more about Fantastic Four as production advances, and the June 19th, 2015 release date looms closer.