‘Fantastic Four’ finds villain: Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom

April 01, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.
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The cast of the "Fantastic Four" reboot has been announced. Click through the gallery for a look at the actors and the superheroes they're set to portray. (Mike McKone / Marvel; Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Miles Teller has been cast as Reed Richards, also known as Mr. Fantastic, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Mike Mayhew / Marvel; Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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Kate Mara has been cast as Sue Storm, also known as the Invisible Woman, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

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Jamie Bell has been cast as Ben Grimm, also known as the Thing, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

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Josh Trank, shown here on the set of "Chronicle," is slated to direct the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox)

It looks like “The Fantastic Four” might have found its Victor von Doom.

Actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to play villain Doctor Doom in director Josh Trank’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four.”

Kebbell appears set to join the cast, which includes Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), Benjamin Grimm (the Thing) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), respectively.

The English actor has a history in cinematic blockbusters — his résumé includes turns in such large-scale films as “Wrath of the Titans,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and Oliver Stone’s 2004 feature “Alexander.”

Toby Kebbell as Agenor in "Wrath of the Titans." (Warner Bros.)

Toby Kebbell as Agenor in “Wrath of the Titans.” (Warner Bros.)

Kebbell also has worked in  more critically well-received films including the Joy Division movie “Control,” Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama “War Horse” and last year’s techno-thriller “The East.”

He’ll next be seen in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and he’ll also be featured in Duncan Jones’ 2016 film, “Warcraft.”

In the Marvel comics, Victor von Doom is the orphan son of a witch who sets out to master sorcery and becomes a rival of Reed Richards during their college years. After sustaining facial injuries in an explosion, he flees to Tibet, where he sets himself up as the ruler of an order of monks and begins to wear a custom-made suit of armor, later taking over the nation of Latveria.

“The Fantastic Four” is set for release June 19, 2015; a sequel,  “Fantastic Four 2,” already is scheduled for July 14, 2017.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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6 Responses to ‘Fantastic Four’ finds villain: Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom

  1. Matthew says:

    Why is it that every story or tale has to be changed so it's PC? This is just plain sad. America is as fake as Hollywood nowadays.

  2. Stephen Huynh says:

    Reblogged this on Dorks on Comic Book News & Entertainment and commented:
    Well, that settles the rumors from way back when when the internet believed Doom was potentially going to be a woman. Honestly, I probably would’ve enjoyed it. Doom as a female. Hell, why not? This latest casting addition of Kebbell as Doctor Doom does little to interest me in this film. I mean I’m just not at all excited for this film. The cast is incredibly young and it just makes me feel like it won’t be a superhero/action film but more of a comedy.

  3. Nunyer says:

    They've double, no, tripled my interest…from ZERO to ZERO…
    Looks awful sounds awful…super hero movies as a genre "jump the shark" if this gets produced…

  4. John says:

    So, I take it that Johnny Storm and Sue Storm are no longer blood relatives?

  5. Sophie says:

    Hollywood keeps making the same films over and over again. So boring. No wonder viewership in the U.S. is down. Hollywood is making films for China, and other destinations. And are Sue Storm and Johnny Storm going to be adopted siblings in this??

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