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Are They Getting Closer To Casting Dr. Doom For FANTASTIC FOUR'!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

That’s what this scooper says:

Hey Harry,

Due to friends working at Fox i'm able to visit the studio on occasion... and a few days ago I happened to spy Jason "Lucious Malfoy" Isaacs sitting on a golf cart outside Ralph Winter's office waiting for a meeting. Ralph's Exec. Producer on Fantastic Four, of course, and i'm told there's a sign on his door as we speak saying they're casting for the project.

I dunno, Jason Issacs as Doctor Doom? I can't think of any other major player he'd be up for that fits.


For all of you who are already writing off FANTASTIC FOUR, I’d urge you to wait. I know that Marvel takes this particular film very seriously, and it sounds like they’re working overtime to fine-tune their take on it before it goes into production. The script reviews out there right now are for drafts that have already come and gone, and there are major elements that continue to change. The first real indication we’ll have of what to expect will come from the casting, and if Isaacs is the guy they tap to play Dr. Doom, then personally I’d feel like they were at least on the right track. I’m sure we’ll hear more in the weeks ahead as the production heats up...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 7, 2004, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by el zar

    Slow and sure's the way to go for a great movie...

  • June 7, 2004, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Don't tell us, tell Harry

    by Gere's AssGerbil

    He's the one that couldn't deal with the fact that Johnny got some funny lines and Dr. Doom wasn't the ruler of a silly make-believe country.

  • June 7, 2004, 3:49 a.m. CST

    the invisible girl should be naked

    by The Data

    all the way through the whole movie.

  • June 7, 2004, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Gee, ya think there's enough ads for Napolean Dynamite on this w

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    And they better get Dr. Doom right. God only knows what the geeks will do if they don't! I mean, can you imagine taking away the only meaning in life for a 30 year-old virgin? Be careful, or there will be a huge pile of FF comics and action figures at your local dollar store, as well as months of slanderous talkbacks until they all realize it's just a movie. Noooooo!!!

  • June 7, 2004, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Issacs as Doom would be better casting than the rumored Tim Robb

    by mewholurks

    ...but personally, I always thought Issacs would make an absolutely stellar Lex Luthor, with or withour the accent.

  • June 7, 2004, 5:49 a.m. CST

    The problem with casting Doom...

    by phasmatrope that he's meant to be a combination of sinister, brilliant, and narcissistic as all hell (and foreign to boot). There are many actors who convey parts of this, but few who I can imagine who have the complete package. Jason Isaacs is definitely a sinister guy, could pass for European, but a looker he ain't. Tim Robbins as Doom--assuming I'm hearing that right--I could never in a million years see as Doom, but he could make a decent B-list Mr. Fantastic. Jeremy Irons could've done the job 10 years ago, but his roles in stuff like "Dungeons & Dragons" and "The Time Machine" have utterly ruined the idea of him playing villains for us again. Ralph Fiennes maybe, Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell, or maybe some TV actors like Jimmy Smits. But casting him is going to be a painfully difficult process. Face it, Darth Vader owes all his muthafuckin' schitk to deep-dickin' Doctor Doom. You will recognize.

  • June 7, 2004, 6:35 a.m. CST

    i hope it isn't like the latest cartoon.

    by proper

    that was awful.I'd like to see Galactus and the surfer reach.I wouldn't envy the casting director,"he's meant to be a combination of sinister, brilliant(ish), and narcissistic as all hell and foreign(ish) to boot", How about the England captain D Beckham?

  • June 7, 2004, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    Wicky, wicky wild child. Hear me now, dis shit is going to be phat.

  • June 7, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    DOOM is Pleased!

    by V. von Doom

    Only an actor of stature is worthy to play -- DOOM! But find from scraggly rodent to play Richards!

  • June 7, 2004, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Jason Isaacs...yum.

    by nottoo

    Hey dudes and dudettes - for women who like their men manly, Isaacs is man-style beautiful. He could be up for Dr. Doom, or even Mr. Fantastic? Think outside the box - he does a lot more than villians. And as for passing for European, isn't the England, his homeland, in Europe? Just a thought.

  • June 7, 2004, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Jelo, the book is great

    by Blok Narpin

    Jelo, ever since Mark Waid took over the book a couple years back it has been one of the best Marvel books on the rack. It may even be THE best. It's between Fantastic Four and X-Statix right now. tHE Book is so good, and popular, right now that it recently spawned a spinoff called simply "4", which has aslo been great. On top of that Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis recently launched Ultimate Fantastic Four, which has been another huge hit for the Ultimate line. Bottom line: Fantastic Four's three monthly titles are selling quite well right now!

  • June 7, 2004, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Dr. Doom Casting

    by glodene

    FOX, it would be unwise to err in the casting of (what is considered) the Citizen Kane of Super-Villains...Fore in doing so would run the risk of fanning the embers of my WRATH! DOOM HAS SPOKEN!

  • June 7, 2004, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Cliff Curtis will be Doom

    by riskebiz

    Jason Isaacs will be Reed Richards father. The father has a decent size role in the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic. Cliff Curtis will be cast as Doom. They reported that he signed for the movie a month or so ago, didn't they? They just didn't say what part. Doesn't take a genius to know that he could only play Dr. Doom if he was cast as anything.

  • June 7, 2004, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Tim Robbins was up for Reed Richards. Not Doom.

    by riskebiz

    It's a been a misquote for a long time that he was up for Dr. Doom. Tim Robbins was up for Dr. Richards. I'm amazed Avi Arad didn't set it straight. I guess he was too busy looking at Barbershop and seeing something in it everyone else is missing.

  • June 7, 2004, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Tim Robbins was up for Reed Richards. Not Doom.

    by riskebiz

    It's a been a misquote for a long time that he was up for Dr. Doom. Tim Robbins was up for Dr. Richards. I'm amazed Avi Arad didn't set it straight. I guess he was too busy looking at Barbershop and seeing something in it everyone else is missing.

  • June 7, 2004, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Jason Issacs Plays Great Villans.


    I have my doubts (but high hopes) about the FF movie, but I really like Jason Issacs. He always brings the evil and he's older than I expected them to cast. If this is true, it means that Reed would be the same age. This dispells the "young FF" runmors...I hope.

  • June 8, 2004, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Jason Isaacs for Sub-Mariner!

    by ogami daigoro

    Either him or Hugo Weaving. I realize they are both older actors, but I think they have the right looks for that part. Kind of the devious looks in both that fit Sub-Mariner more than The Rock or some WB star of the hour.

  • June 8, 2004, 12:44 a.m. CST

    The new Doom will wear a metal plate over his burnt penis

    by bruin8UCLAp

    and will forever blame Reed Richards for his disfigurement.

  • June 8, 2004, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't that headline read "They're getting close to casting D

    by BrashHulk

    Should be Doom, yes. But hey, if Marvel Entertainment can: turn Kingpin into a soul brutha, make Elektra as American as apple pie, fuse Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Parker into one chick, have the Absorbing Man be Bruce Banner's dad, show The Punisher without Microchip, and approve the "toad struck by lightning" line of dialogue, then what's a little name change for the Despotic Ruler of Latveria (which they'll probably change to the tiny country of Rhode Island or something).

  • June 8, 2004, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Doom should be played by Freddie Prinze Jr!! He did a great job

    by Ted Striker

    Kidding, of course.

  • June 8, 2004, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Micheal Chiklis as THING !!

    by Frank_Serpico

    yup perfect casting .. "Good thing and bad thing left for the day .. I'm a different kind of thing "

  • June 8, 2004, 2:36 a.m. CST

    How serious can Marvel be taking it...

    by HorsemanTNT

    when they are letting the director of "Barbershop" take the helm??

  • June 8, 2004, 4:26 a.m. CST


    by omegaman20

  • June 8, 2004, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by omegaman20

  • June 8, 2004, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I believe you mean Dr. Damn!

    by Mentok

  • June 8, 2004, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Ralph Fiennes as Doom

    by Indiana Clones

    Ralph Fiennes as Doom. Ralph Fiennes as Doom. Ralph Fiennes as Doom. That will be all. Bye bye.

  • June 8, 2004, 2:53 p.m. CST

    "could pass for European"

    by neemz

    Unless the UK really has become the 51st state of the Union, the fact that Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool should ease the strain on his acting talents somewhat.

  • June 8, 2004, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan as Doctor Doom...

    by BatVomit

    "Doom is pleased, BROTHER!"

  • God, shut up about ads. How can talkbackers be so full of bile at everything?

  • June 8, 2004, 11:08 p.m. CST

    If the final product even SMELLS like it's been "Ultra" inspired

    by Anlashok

    And bad mouth it until I'm old and grey. New Generations suck ass from a straw.

  • June 8, 2004, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes.

    by Atomica

    SOme killer casting. Screw the naysayers. Fantastic Four are a staple of comics. The books sell pretty well. Hopefully the Movie will do Lee and Kirby's vision proud.

  • June 9, 2004, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I seriously can't believe that some people are mocking MARVEL f

    by Ribbons

    Are you really that anal? Victor von Doom? You might "feel" it, but seeing as there's no such name in existence, it would get snickers at the theater. Van Damme is the better choice. He can still call himself Doctor Doom and it wouldn't be all that crazy or unbelievable. Hell, it's more believable than someone having the last name von Doom. Psychos.

  • June 9, 2004, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Invisible Woman to ride Thing's Rock Hard Thing!

    by bruin8UCLAp

    And she takes it all.

  • June 10, 2004, 1:09 a.m. CST

    The Barber Shop guy is still directing this, right?

    by chien_sale

    And you`re saying Marvel is taking this seriously? Bullocks! If they tried to get the best, THEN it would show that they`re taking this seriously. First that idiot Arad went for the director of "Bring it On" and when that didn`t work, he went for worst: Barber Shop! If that doesn`t work, how about getting the guy from "Dude, Where`s my Car?".

  • June 12, 2004, 9:55 a.m. CST

    RE: ribbons... If youre going to a movie where people can contro

    by World dictator

    Dr Doom's name is a major part of his greatness as a character. When you nail a character perfectly you dont go fucking up the formula. Thatd be like changing Clark Kent's name. Besides people are going to laugh at a lot harder at the name van damme since the first thing that comes to mind is that bitch fag ass fuck actor Jean Claude Van Damn.EUROPEAN GUY+ LAST NAME VAN DAMME = SHITTY SHITTY CHARACTER. Yea way to kill the major villians credibility in under 30 seconds.