200609251151Confirmation this morning from THR that Doug Jones will play the Silver Surfer, with the wizards at the WETA workshop finalizing the CGI character for the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR 2:

Jones will take part in a process similar to that in which Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The voice casting of Silver Surfer has yet to be determined, the trade paper reported.

Weta (King Kong) has developed an advanced computer-generated-animation process that employs motion-capture techniques updated to add further dimensionality to the liquid-metal hero.

[snip]Jones is widely known for his performance and mime-like work under prosthetics. He has become a regular player in the oeuvre of director Guillermo del Toro, who previously cast Jones in 1997’s Mimic and 2004’s Hellboy. Jones also co-stars in del Toro’s upcoming Pan’s Labyrinth, in dual roles as Pan and the villainous Pale Man.

Also in the news: Sam Raimi has optioned Dark Horse’s ARCH ENEMIES by Drew Melbourne, Yvel Guichet and Joe Rubenstein,

…the story follows two roommates who, as their costumed alter egos Star Fighter & Underlord, are mortal enemies.

Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Mike Richardson will all be serving as producers. No writer or director have been decided on as of yet.