While we will never truly know about the debacle behind-the-scenes of last year’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, what is widely known is that studio 20th Century Fox demaned reshoots and additional filming of a whole bunch of the Josh Trank-directed movie including much of the second half.
What wasn’t clear at the time is how much of the movie was completed before the reshoots went forward, but today one of the film’s stars suggests it was more than you might think. Toby Kebbell, who played Doctor Doom in the film, tells The Daily Beast that an alternate and much better version of the film actually exists:
“I tell you, the honest truth is [Josh Trank] did cut a great film that you’ll never see. That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it.”
The only other hint of such a cut came from Trank himself who said he’d turned in another version of the film we won’t ever see. He tweeted last year: “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though”. It was quickly deleted, but the tweet was screen capped and retweeted many times by others.
Kebbell also talked about his frustrations with the extensive work he put into the character of Doctor Doom, work that didn’t make the theatrical cut:
“I played Doom in three points: Walking down a corridor, killing the doctor and getting into the time machine, and lying on the bench. They were the only times I played Doom. Everything else was some other guy, on some other day…Doing some other thing. I was infuriated that he was allowed to limp like that! I missed the press tour for Planet of the Apes because I was lying under rubble, slowly rising out of the ashes to be Doctor Doom. Never made it to the film!”
Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller also starred in the film which those involved suggest the studio still plans to continue on with a sequel, though whether they’ll follow through with it seems unlikely.