Julian McMahon: Tammie Arroyo/.AP
Gary Susman
August 03, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

On FX’s ”Nip/Tuck,” Julian McMahon plays a hotshot cosmetic surgeon, but now, he’ll play someone who could use an extreme makeover. According to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, the Australian actor has been cast as Dr. Doom, the villain in the upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation ”Fantastic Four.” As comics fans know, Victor von Doom is a disfigured scientist who lives a Darth Vader-like existence behind a metal mask and superpowered body armor. He’s also the megalomaniacal dictator of an Eastern European country called Latveria.

McMahon, who stars as Dr. Christian Troy on ”Nip/Tuck,” will join a cast that includes fellow FX star Michael Chiklis (”The Shield”), Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, and Chris Evans as the heroic quartet. The movie goes into production in Vancouver this month for 20th Century Fox (which, like FX, is a News Corp. outlet). Tim Story (”Barbershop”) is directing, with an eye toward a release date next July.

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