Tim Blake Nelson Confirms Mole Man & Praises FANTASTIC FOUR Script

Tim Blake Nelson Confirms Mole Man & Praises FANTASTIC FOUR Script

A few days ago, we learned Tim Blake Nelson ("The Incredible Hulk") was close to joining the cast of 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot and now the talented character actor has commented on its script and his role. Hit the jump to check it out.

Several days ago, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") was in final talks to play the socially awkward scientist, Harvey Elder, in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. In the report, it is stated that Nelson's character is being setup to be the villain in a possible sequel, as his character would become the Mole Man. If you had any doubt regarding that info, don't. Yesterday, Tulsa World spoke with the actor about the project and he had this to say, "Yes, it's pretty much closed, with me playing Harvey Elder, who becomes the Mole Man." Nelson also praised the script, "Without going into detail, the script has as much soul as it does action, and it has a lot of action."

Nelson will join a cast that includes: Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Miles Teller ("Divergent") as Reed Richards /Mr. Fantastic and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom.

For many of you this casting choice will feel like deja vu. As you'll remember in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk Nelson played an awkward scientist, Dr. Samuel Stern. He too was being setup to become a future supervillain, The Leader, but the film didn't perform as expected and that storyline was abandoned in future films in the Marvel cinematic universe. Even though Nelson never got to become The Leader he still remembers that project fondly, "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."
Born in the late 1910s, Harvey Elder possessed a genius intellect but was shunned because of his homely appearance. Hearing rumors of an underground kingdom where he might find acceptance or at least solitude, Elder spent years searching the globe for it, without success. In 1956, he tried to join the Explorers Club on the basis of his exploits, but he was disbelieved and ridiculed. Fuming, he chanced to observe a gathering of adventurers by the Eternal Makkari, who sought a team of Monster Hunters to aid him against the Deviant Kro and his monstrous Mutates; believing the group's efforts would lead them to his subterranean goal, Elder stowed away on their plane and was separated from the heroes in the course of the battle. Washing up on the shores of Monster Island, he explored a series of caverns until he at last discovered Subterranea, a network of tunnels running beneath the surface of much of the Earth; however, he was caught in an earthquake and almost blinded in the mysterious Valley of Diamonds. Undaunted, Elder explored the vastness of Subterranea and carved out a kingdom of his own. His early activities may have influenced various subterranean monster incursions that plagued the U.S. and other nations during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He discovered and mastered Deviant technology, proving himself a rival to the underground reigns of the monstrous Two-Headed Thing and the immortal Tyrannus, and later fighting Spragg the Living Hill. Slowing his own aging through unknown means, the Mole Man eventually won rulership of the so-called Moloid race, docile servants abandoned by the Deviants, as well as of many of the Mutates once used for conquest or sport by their former masters. - marvel.com
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Pasto - 5/2/2014, 10:10 AM
This film though....

Lozzy - 5/2/2014, 10:11 AM
This casting is such a massive dejavu.
themidnightking - 5/2/2014, 10:12 AM
Remember when we all thought that this movie was gonna revert back to Marvel?
GA15 - 5/2/2014, 10:12 AM
lol that is all.
MrCBM56 - 5/2/2014, 10:13 AM
Lmao cabt wait to hear Tucks Mumbo Jumbo ;P

But seriously such a great addition.
MrCBM56 - 5/2/2014, 10:13 AM
Pasto - 5/2/2014, 10:13 AM
You cabt wait?
Hulksta - 5/2/2014, 10:13 AM
HAHA People are excited for this

Pasto - 5/2/2014, 10:14 AM
I cabt wait either.
Lozzy - 5/2/2014, 10:14 AM

Until I see an actual set photo I am still convinced the rights will revert.
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/2/2014, 10:15 AM
Marvel would've made a comedy F4. Fix does one better and makes even the production and casting a joke.
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/2/2014, 10:15 AM
Fox not Fix lol.
YeezusWept - 5/2/2014, 10:16 AM

That was the happiest—and later, the saddest—day for so many Marvel nerds. Myself included.
themidnightking - 5/2/2014, 10:16 AM
Fox already made two Fantastic Four comedies
Gusto - 5/2/2014, 10:16 AM

themidnightking - 5/2/2014, 10:17 AM
@Lozzy @Star
Up until it was debunked, that news made my year
Lozzy - 5/2/2014, 10:17 AM

I would rather a comedic F4 than a dark and gritty F4.
LEEE777 - 5/2/2014, 10:18 AM

TheIncredibleHulksta @ Haha! : D

LEEE777 - 5/2/2014, 10:18 AM
Fix that Fox :p
ALegendaryPanda - 5/2/2014, 10:20 AM
Yep I'm excited for this movie. I'm not even a huge F4 fan but this movie has really grabbed my attention. At least I know it'll be better than that last fantastic pile of shit they released
ALegendaryPanda - 5/2/2014, 10:21 AM
Referring to Rise of the Silver Surfer of course, not Wolverine. Lol
ezio619 - 5/2/2014, 10:21 AM
not gonna lie..im getting a little tired of dark and gritty, a movie can have dark moments without being inherently dark ,for example Star Wars(original trilogy) it was mainly a light space adventure film but still had depth it in terms of the relationships etc and dark moments such as vader cutting off lukes hand or seeing the burnt bodies of uncle owen and aunt beru in a New Hope
DrunkenNukem - 5/2/2014, 10:21 AM
What´s wrong with Tim Nelson?? he is a good actor

oh..i get it

it´s because is Fox right?
DrunkenNukem - 5/2/2014, 10:22 AM
@Lozzy...well not directly
soforizo - 5/2/2014, 10:23 AM
Mildly curious after they announced a change of style... not that it didn't have any positives before that (the director being one), but other than Blake I just haven't cared for the cast at all.
ezio619 - 5/2/2014, 10:24 AM
this movie i have a feeling will be good,it has a good director, a good talented cast even if people are not fans of the direction of them taking more influence from Ultimate FF but right now,i am indifferent towards, never been a big FF fan even though i respect them as Marvels First Family even though DR Doom is one of my favorite villains ever,maybe a trailer can turn me around
ALegendaryPanda - 5/2/2014, 10:24 AM
When did they say this movie is "dark and gritty"? Last time I checked Simon Kinberg said the tone would be somewhere between Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Chronicle. Nothing about making it super dark or without any humor.
YeezusWept - 5/2/2014, 10:25 AM
Again with the comedy complaints. Apparently it's only okay when another studio does it (i.e. all the compliments towards the comedic lines in the 3rd DOFP trailer).

I can guarantee you, if Webb's ASM2 was released by Marvel Studios instead of Sony, you guys would be foaming at the mouths from all the "comedy," despite it being Spidey's niche.
MsDarkPhoenix - 5/2/2014, 10:25 AM
Remember back when Namor was kidnapping Sue Storm? That's something that should happen in the movie, if they had the rights to Namor :P

DrDoom - 5/2/2014, 10:25 AM
Tim Blake Nelson is too good for this crap.
ezio619 - 5/2/2014, 10:29 AM
Alegendary-hey said it would be gritty and grounded,i just went on my own little rant,lol
Mrcool210 - 5/2/2014, 10:29 AM
id rather he be leader in the incredible hulk 2 then in this movie. And im one of the supporters. Mole men is a bad idea for a serious Fantastic Four Movie
charlie2094 - 5/2/2014, 10:29 AM
Really hope this turns out well! Think it has potential, looking forward to seeing how they handle it
charlie2094 - 5/2/2014, 10:30 AM
Hopefully this doesn't at all affect the chances of him becoming the Leader
LEEE777 - 5/2/2014, 10:32 AM

Yep MOLE MAN kinda sucks... love to see NAMOR kidnap SUE :P

I'm a huge FF fan and this is the least cbm in history I'm excited about!

GA15 - 5/2/2014, 10:33 AM
so when is this movie suppose to start filming? because i live in baton rouge i hadn't hear anything about them filming here yet.
KarolosPrime - 5/2/2014, 10:34 AM
So he kinda betrayed Marvel Studios!???
ALegendaryPanda - 5/2/2014, 10:35 AM
I'm still confused as to whether this movie is connected to the X-Men universe or not. Does anyone have a definitive answer for that? It seems kinda stupid to have these two teams and not connect them at some point.
YeezusWept - 5/2/2014, 10:39 AM

Marvel slept on him. He was passionate about portraying the Leader and MS just left him—and a possible Hulk sequel—on the shelf.

If I was an actor who wasn't getting any additional work from a certain studio for 5 years, I wouldn't refuse another studio's offer out of some superficial, one-way loyalty. But that's just me.
charlie2094 - 5/2/2014, 10:41 AM

Like @Star said, Marvel hasn't given him the chance to reprise the role he was passionate about since 2008, makes sense for him to take an offer or try for a similar role at another studio. Be great to see him as the Leader, but Marvel has kept him waiting a long time
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