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Toby Kebbell Chosen for Dr. Doom Role in Fox's New 'Fantastic Four'

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April 1, 2014
Source: Variety

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Briefly: Well it sounds like it's official. Variety is now reporting that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have chosen Toby Kebbell to star as Dr. Doom, the arch-nemesis villain in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Kebbell, a well-known henchman/character actor from England, was already mentioned in the shortlist of names in the running for the role a few weeks ago. The other contenders included Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) and Sam Riley (On the Road), but Variety claims Fox has ended up picking Kebbell (who will also be seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) to star as Doom.

Josh Trank's new take on the Marvel superhero team Fantastic Four has been in development for years, even before Trank made his mark directing Chronicle. With a June 19, 2015 summer release already set, casting is finally underway so that shooting can start soon, and so far they've chosen Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell for the other main roles in the comic book movie. Kebbell made his first big appearance in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla before going on to appear in Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, War Horse, Wrath of the Titans, The East and The Counselor, in addition to Dawn of the Apes. He will bring quite a bit of energy to the role of Victor von Doom, nemesis of the Fantastic Four.

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments

1

While hopeful this reboot will be successful, I really don't get a lot of their casting decisions.

DAVIDPD on Apr 1, 2014

2

Don't judge until you see it...why do people need to be reminded of this? Remember how people were so angry because of Heath Ledger taking on Joker???...time to chill, for now

dawko on Apr 1, 2014

3

"While hopeful this reboot will be successful..." I want it to be good. I didn't say anything pejorative.

DAVIDPD on Apr 1, 2014

4

You said you don't get a lot of their casting decisions...do we ever though??? We always seem mad when something goes a little bit differently...let's hope for the best

dawko on Apr 1, 2014

5

Sure, we can't judge the final product until we see it, but we SHOULD judge what we know and see. If some of the casting choices seem odd, as observing fans we should say so. Maybe they'll hit it out of the park...but just because they COULD hit it out of the park doesn't mean we should just assume that they will with zero apprehension. When you have a lot of good signs, and then one 'red flag' then maybe it's good to give them the benefit of the doubt. Nolan had already made the great Batman Begins heading into The Dark Knight. In general, it was probably best to trust his judgement. Likewise, Snyder did a very good job with Man of Steel, so him having faith in Affleck probably isn't a terrible sign. But while Trank made a good movie with Chronicle...a lot of things heard about this Fantastic Four movie just seem a bit dubious. Such as changing Johnny and Sue Storm into step-siblings JUST so an actor he likes can play the Human Torch. That's not necessarily going to damn the film, but it certainly is worth noting.

Chris Groves on Apr 1, 2014

6

Do we really need a book every time you comment? Just kidding Chris Groves!! Nothing but love for you my brother!!

Cousin Lewie on Apr 2, 2014

7

I know, I rant a lot. Can't help it sometimes!

Chris Groves on Apr 3, 2014

8

In Nolan We Trust = In Fox We Trust?

si1ver on Apr 2, 2014

9

You clearly didn't understand my point...

dawko on Apr 2, 2014

10

Maybe after this he'll get on Guy Ritchie's ass to bring back Johnny Quid. I can't stop hoping.

grimjob on Apr 1, 2014

11

Perfect choice!!!

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 1, 2014

12

My daddy was a bank robber.........he never hurt nooooboooooody

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 2, 2014

13

Lol why is Doom caressing Toby's cheek? Its like he didn't have a choice.

Tyrell Antonio on Apr 2, 2014

14

Either this guy is totally Mexican or some kind of Italian. Along with the fact we now have a black Human Torch, I think Mr. Fantastic should be a homosexual. We need to get on board with today's culture!!

Cousin Lewie on Apr 2, 2014

15

The guy is British. If you're going to condescend, at least know wtf you're talking about.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 2, 2014

16

Good call mate! Now how bout we share a spot of tea and some crisps!!

Cousin Lewie on Apr 3, 2014

17

What a stupid redneck

311 on Apr 2, 2014

18

You go ahead and stay in the 50's. We don't want you here.

grimjob on Apr 2, 2014

19

Read that as Toby Keith and was like wat.

OfficialJab on Apr 2, 2014

20

Absolutely brilliant. Perfect. Too bad the rest of the cast seems equally and oppositely terrible. Kebble is one of the actors I've really wanted to see in a Marvel/DC movie. I was thinking Ghost Rider or Green Lantern but if they're not going to give Mark Strong his rightful place as Dr. Doom then Kebbel is an amazing choice.

si1ver on Apr 2, 2014

21

Damn. Mark Strong would have been an excellent Dr. Doom.

grimjob on Apr 2, 2014

22

Good f**king call. Mark Strong would have been perfect.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 3, 2014

23

This Fantastic Flop will not do well even with one good cast member.The Torch casting and changing the origin makes this a phony knock-off of the real Stan Lee story.

megaflyx on Apr 3, 2014

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