Chronicle director Josh Trank is making a film reboot of the superhero team Fantastic Four, who were last seen on the silver screen in 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer – and that’s all anyone’s known about the project for the last few months.
Ok, so we knew the cast includes Miles Teller as elastic scientist Mr Fantastic/Reed Richards, Michael B Jordan as the fire-controlling Human Torch, House of Cards’ Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman and Billy Elliot’s Jamie Bell as rocky strongman The Thing – but there have been next to no other details.
However, that changed yesterday when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Toby Kebbell (who is slated to appear as main villain Doctor Doom) revealed some details about his character that suggest a change from the superhero team’s comic book roots to something more grounded
“I’m a programmer – a very anti-social programmer – and on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom’,” the actor explained.
“He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom [his name from the comics] in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that.” he told Collider.
Kebbell also indicated that the film had a more indie feel in keeping with director Trank’s debut Chronicle, compared to the larger-scale adventures of the Avengers and other superhero movies: “Josh, the whole deal, the lo-fi way he did it, the ultra-real – it was just nice to do that. It was nice to be feeling like we had to come to terms with what was given by this incident.”
First created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961, the Fantastic Four are a team of adventurers who gain various superpowers as the result of cosmic radiation encountered on a mission in space.
The Marvel characters (now owned by 20th Century Fox for filmmaking purposes) were previously adapted in 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which starred Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis, with Julian McMahon taking Kebbell’s role of Doctor Doom.
The Fantastic Four will be released in UK cinemas in August 2015