Mole Man Speaks! Tim Blake Nelson Says FANTASTIC FOUR Has Both Soul & Action
In a bit of a surprising bit of news, Tim Blake Nelson was said to have been cast as Harvey Elder in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four that Fox is putting together with Chronicle director Josh Trank. The news stated that Elder would not initially be the famed Mole Man, but his role would eventually expand into something more substantial in future films. Pretty genius casting if you ask me. Though, I was kind of excited to see what he’d do with The Leader in a Hulk movie.
Anyway, they Tulsa, Oklahoma native recently spoke with Tulsa World and confirmed that he is indeed taking on the role and that the deal “is pretty much closed.” He goes on to discuss how excited he is to be taking part in the new film and to be an adult nerd involved with such a project.
“I absolutely loved working on Hulk and feel extremely blessed that Marvel, Fox, and especially (Fantastic Four director) Josh Trank and his team have invited me back into the universe. The script is excellent. It has real heart, and it shows a true understanding of what it is to be a burgeoning adult geeked out to the margins.”
The script is what has a lot of folks a bit concerned. At this point, we don’t have any word on what the script will entail, but we do know that Trank is taking a much younger approach to the film. Having cast actors like Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Toby Kebbell only confirms that. But Nelson has some encouraging words for those that are concerned.
“Without going into detail, the script has as much soul as it does action, and it has a lot of action. We’re all going to have blast making it.”
One thing many fans are hoping to avoid this time around is the campiness that plagued the first two films. The Fantastic Four have a tendency to lean toward the camp side in the comics, but sometimes, that doesn’t translate well into film. However, taking the “grounded” approach that so many comic book movies take these days may not be the best route to take either. This series is one that has to a walk a fine line and I’m hoping Trank is the man to handle that task. The movie is getting ready to start filming in New Orleans shortly and lasting until late summer. The film is slated for a June 2015 release
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