There was a lot of speculation over who director Josh Trank would pick as the leads for his younger, hipper, edgier Fantastic Four before the casting of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell was officially announced. In all that talk, however, there was barely ever any mention of the reboot's villain, who - by the standards set by basically every Fantastic Four story ever - is presumably Dr. Doom.
Way back before Trank had even joined Fantastic Four, there had been a rumor Fox was interested in Stephen Moyer (True Blood), but clearly the project has moved in a different (i.e., younger) direction. Then, around the time of the recent casting news for FF, there was another rumor Trank was looking to gender-swap the role, which Trank very quickly denied. Now there's a shortlist of actors making the rounds that he and Fox are supposedly interested in for Dr. Doom.
The scoop comes from The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, who reports he's learned from a reliable source that Trank's shortlist is comprised of Sam Riley (On The Road), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Rocknrolla), and Domnhall Gleason (Harry Potter).
As you can see, it's not an extremely varied list and it points directly at the type of actor Trank is interested in (whether his final choice be among them or not). For one, they're all young or youngish, falling in an age range of 30-34, which matches with the ages if not the apparent ages of Teller, Jordan, Mara, and Bell.
Three of them - Riley, Redmayne, and Kebbel - come from England while Gleason is Irish, and that means they each have Hollywood's number one prerequisite for any villain: an accent. Plus, each of them has this morose, melancholy look about them, Riley more so than the others, that would serve them well as the brooding Dr. Doom.
We'll soon see Riley in Maleficent and Redmayne in Jupitor Ascending, which means these two are a pair of rapidly rising stars. Gleason, known for his turn as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter series, recently took a stab at playing the leading man in the British rom-com About Time. As for Kebbel, he's probably best known for his roll as the rock n' roller in Guy Ritchie's Rocknrolla, but he also appeared in Prince of Persia, War Horse, and Wrath of the Titans, and will soon be appearing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Any one of these actors would likely benefit from snagging a role like Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four - considered by many comic book fans to be one of the greatest supervillains ever - just as Tom Hiddleston did with Loki in Thor.
Since so little is actually known about the direction Trank's Fantastic Four reboot is taking, it's hard to speculate about which version of Dr. Doom will appear in the film. It's probably safe to assume there will be more similarities with Marvel's Ultimate version of Doom, where his last name was van Damme and his entire body was covered in metal in the same accident that gave the Fantastic Four their powers.
Of the four actors, who would you cast as Doctor Doom and why? Let us know in the comments below.
Fantastic Four is expected to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015.
Source: The Wrap