Toby Kebbell, who plays villain Dr. Doom in the upcoming film Fantastic Four', has just revealed some details about his role in the film, revealing a pretty major change from the character fans are familiar with.
In an interview with Collider to promote the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' Kebbell (who plays Koba in that film), talked about his part in 'Fantastic Four.' Surprisingly, he offered up more details than you might expect, given the hush-hush nature of comic book movies. We already knew that the film was going to be taking some liberties with the characters and story, skewing a bit younger in casting, and changing Johnny Storm from white to black with the casting of Michael B. Jordan -- these are all interesting and exciting changes that could potentially revive the franchise.
When asked about the experience of playing the villainous Dr. Doom in the film, Kebbell gave a relatively simple answer, only hinting at a change in the origin:
I’m excited to see it too, and my nerves really…The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice because nobody—even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, “So where’s he from?” There’s a mild change and I’ll tell you because of our history.
Then, he just full-on comes out with the reveal of the character's origins in the film:
He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.
Yep. His name isn’t even Victor Von Doom, and I’m going to assume he’s also not the ruler of the fictional Eastern European country of Latveria like the character in the comics. However, the computer programmer aspect hints that they’ve kept Doom highly intelligent, and that’s how you represent powerful, scientifically-minded intelligence in the modern age.
Kebbell then gave a sense of how this character fits into the overall tone of the picture:
KEBBELL: Yeah, it was cool man. 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.
Kate Mara stars as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Miles Teller as the leader of the group Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.
The film will be released worldwide on August 7, 2015.