The main cast of the upcoming reboot to the popular Fantastic Four franchise is set, and production on the film is about to kick into high gear; however, there is just a few small holes to fill in before they are ready to hit the ground running. One of those holes is about to be filled. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that actor Tim Blake Nelson is in final negotiations to join the cast of The Fantastic Four.
The actor is certainly no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Back in 2008, Nelson played the role of Samuel Sterns, a janitor at the lab where Bruce Banner works that eventually becomes the supervillain known as The Leader.
Nelson will play Harvey Elder, an eccentric and socially awkward scientist.
In comics lore, Elder is actually the Mole Man, shunned by humanity and leader of a subterranean group of monsters known as the Moloids.
Sources say the Mole Man will not appear in this movie but Elder’s appearance does set up the character to be the villain in future installments of the franchise. Fox did not comment on the plans.”
This would make perfect sense considering the studio has already set a release date of July 14, 2017 for the second installment of the recently rebooted franchise.
The Fantastic Four is being directed by Josh Trank, a fairly new director whose only feature length title to his name thus far is the 2012 film Chronicle which starred The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan.
Speaking of Jordan, he is set to take up the role of Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four. Joining him is American Horror Story’s Kate Mara as Sue Storm, also known as The Invisible Woman, Turn actor Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, otherwise known as The Thing, and last but certainly not least, Divergent actor Miles Teller as Dr. Reed Richards, or Mr. Fantastic.
On the more villainous side of things, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Toby Kebbel has been brought on to play Victor von Doom, or as most of you know him, Doctor Doom.
The Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released on June 19, 2015.