Domhnall Gleeson & Three More Up for Dr. Doom in 'Fantastic Four'

March 11, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Dr. Doom / Domhnall Gleeson

With Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Kate Mara lined up to play the title superhero quartet in Fantastic Four, it's time for the 20th Century Fox comic book reboot to find a villain. The film won't be going an alternate route by using someone other than the team's arch nemesis: Dr. Victor von Doom. So who is up to play the metallic bad guy? The Wrap reports the shortlist has been narrowed down to Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Sam Riley (On the Road) and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). This just might be the youngest superhero cast yet. More below!

My personal choice for the role would be Toby Kebbell. The actor isn't well known but you can see him in Wrath of the Titans, and he has a pivotal role in this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But having seen him work on the set of the latter blockbuster sequel last year, the dude has amazing intensity and if he puts half as much effort into this villain role as he does for motion-capture performance alongside Andy Serkis, then this will be incredible. Of course, any of the other three actors are good in their own right too. Gleeson doesn't seem to have a villainous edge, but producers must like what he has to offer. Anyway, stay tuned for any further updates to see who ends up with the role.

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This is going to be pure turd.

Astroboy3000 on Mar 11, 2014


Yeah screw this movie. Casting is atrocious.

SkyNet300 on Mar 12, 2014


Who the hell is Domhnall Gleeson?! Jesus if this is the way this reboot is headed with all the wrong casting, i'll go back to watching the original where things made just a little more sense.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 12, 2014


I like how everyone is just instantly judging this film like they have seen it already. Remember how many times you got angry over a casting choice but it turned out amazing? Which is why am staying optimistic about this project. Josh Trank is a brilliant director with potential and the cast is young and fresh, not glittered with shining stars. Am already liking the entire route they are heading towards. This could potentialy be the X-Men: First Class for the Fantastic Four, the greatly needed restart.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 12, 2014


How many times have the casting sucked and the film sucked as well? More often than not. If they want to stray away from the source material as much as they are now, they might as well come up with their own characters and storyline and call it something else. Look what Pixar did with the Incredibles, it's basically a knock off of the FF, but they made it their own and look how good it turned out. Sorry but this film already smells like a stinker to me, oh and it's also by Fox.

nate on Mar 12, 2014


Exactly right.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 12, 2014


Please tell me what solid facts you have to justify this film would be terrible other than the casting. Have you seen it yet? Do you know what the plot would be? Do know how it would turn out? If not your honestly wasting your breath like most people on here. The casting is cued to the style of The Ultimate Marvel Universe, which is what Marvel Studios is using as a main basis over on the MCU side with The Avengers and such. Like it or not there has already been a younger Fantastic Four within the comics much like what they are setting up now. Now am still skeptical about how this will work and turn out but am not going to be negative as you are about it.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 12, 2014


First off, i never said the film will be terrible. And second, how in fact are you able to tell this early that the cast is cued to the style of the comics? Just because they're "young", that justifies everything for you on the casting decision? Now i have to disagree about being "negative" as you say cause you're right, it is way too early to tell, however let me use your own words "I am still skeptical about how this will all work and turn out". And thats all i thought i was saying. One thing i do know, and thats that Marvel associated movies (whether under Marvel rights or not) only seem to get it right 1/4 of the time; hence Robert Downey, Chris Evans, Michael Fassbender, Liev Schreiber, and only a few others. I wont say that i wont end up watching it cause i probably will, but im not gonna hold my breath on expecting it to pay honor to the FF comics.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 12, 2014


So that comment you made below regarding to you saying you'll "go back to the original where things made more sense", was that you still being skeptical still or just suddenly you are now? So that wasn't you in your own words saying it would be terrible? And when I was pointing out on the casting being young I was obviously pointing out the similarities to that of which in that particular series "Ultimate Fantastic Four" within the comics they were close to those ages. In fact you were completely justifying the young casting decision yourself. It is too early to absolutely know everything so save it for later.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 12, 2014


Jesus man my statements arent quantum physics, so stop trying to break them down as if they are. Let me reiterate as so its clear to you, i do not get the casting decisions (whether young or not) and dont see how these people are suitable for the roles taking account their acting history and resume's. In a sense i have to agree with what Nate said about occassionally getting a shitty cast and a horrible movie. It happens and could happen again.

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 13, 2014


Okay so your justifying that different casting choices instantly means they are changing the source material. You are really over reacting to this early like much people on here. They have not released an official plot yet and we barely know anything about this film. As far as I am concerned this is much closer to the Ultimate Marvel adaptation of Fantastic Four in terms of casting. And now also like a true critic in a desperate attempt to escape from reality you mention another film and then mentioned Fox. Do you know what was also made by Fox? X-Men First Class and The Wolverine. Most importantly Matthew Vaughn is serving as a producer of this Fantastic Four reboot so you know Fox wants things done right. There is no solid facts to argue about over this reboot as of now.

Ryan Thomas Hardy on Mar 12, 2014


Yeah Fox also made, X3, X Origins: Wolverine, Elektra, and both the FF movies. So what's your point? By the way, I'm probably one of the few who's not a big fan of the first two X-men movies either. The only two Marvel movies that Fox has made that I actually thought was good was the two you mentioned above. Even then, First Class F'd up the X series continuation so bad that it doesn't even make sense. Case in point, everyone has a right to an opinion, and this one looks like it's going to be crap already, but I hope i'm wrong.

nate on Mar 15, 2014


I'm optimistic

Nathan Williams on Mar 12, 2014


Agreed Ethan, my vote goes for Toby!

JBrotsis on Mar 12, 2014


Although I'm against a "young" Fantastic Four (half of FF and Dr Doom are accomplished geniuses) Toby Kebbel is a real Rock N Rolla! Anything that gives him more (credible) roles is good news. Note: Honestly, I know little about the backstory of the FF, but I assume Susan Storm was more than just the middle of a love triangle between two psuedo-celebrity super-successful eggheads.

Akirakorn on Mar 12, 2014


Hell yeah, Toby is a badass! Love Rock n Rolla

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 12, 2014


He is just going to wear a mask the entire time...this is basically a voice role. No judgements.

DAVIDPD on Mar 12, 2014

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