Twentieth Century Fox is hard at work laying the foundation and searching for the right pieces to put together the next installment of the Fantastic Four franchise. With X-Men: First Class entering production next week, the next Marvel superhero project for Fox will involve fast-tracking the quasi-reboot of one of Marvel's most classic Silver Age comic series.
Last week I was informed that Fox was interested in Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers for the role of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic to help lead the project and team of superheroes and now comes word that Fantastic Four's rival and main villain Dr. Doom could be played by True Blood star Stephen Moyer.
Comic Book Movie confirms the talk I heard earlier in the week that Brody is still the top contender to play Richards and that there's a strong interest in bringing in Moyer to play Victor von Doom, the villainous arch-rival previously played by Julian McMahon in the last two Fantastic Four movies.
With Doom playing a significant role in the first two installments of the series, we don't know to what extent the character will be used. From what I'm told, Doom is definitely a part of the movie as well as another familiar face from Rise of the Silver Surfer.
I would rather they move away from Doom with the next Fantastic Four but if they are to include him, Moyer can certainly pull it off in my mind. I'm an avid True Blood watcher and he's the standout character of the series for me. It would be refreshing to see him play a true villain instead of the brooding hero.
While we likely won't see confirmations of the principal cast until a director signs on, don't be surprised to see the ball start rolling once X-Men: First Class is in production. Fox is looking at several directors to helm the project and they have an idea of who they want for each of the four main characters. Stay tuned for more soon!
Fantastic Four will shoot next year for a summer 2012 release.