Sam Riley and Eddie Redmayne up for Doctor Doom role in ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot

Domnhall Gleeson and Toby Kebbell also in running for part, say reports

Sam Riley and Eddie Redmayne are among the leading names to be linked with the part of Doctor Doom in the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

It was recently revealed that the new film will star Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell in the roles of the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, Mr Fantastic and the Thing, but the part of the iconic villain Victor Doom has still not been cast.

According to the Wrap, Les Miserables actor Redmayne and Sam Riley, who starred as Ian Curtis in Control, a biopic of the Joy Division singer’s life, are both in contention for the part. It is also claimed that Toby Kebbell and Domnhall Gleeson, who previously featured in the Harry Potter franchise and the recent Richard Curtis comedy About Time, are also being considered for the role.

The 2005 film adaptation of The Fantastic Four starred Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as the superhero team, while Nip/Tuck actor Julian McMahon played Doctor Doom.

As in the comic books, which began in 1961, they gained superpowers after exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission in outer space, and the cast returned for 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer. The films were widely panned by critics upon release, although they did perform relatively well at the box office.