The cast for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot by Josh Trank has been announced, and features a number of names we've heard rumored previously.
The new members of the FF will be Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer), and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), who has been attached to the project for quite a while. Teller and Mara have both been rumored to be in the running, but Bell largely remained off the radar. Variety reports on the casting:
Mara recently closed a deal to play play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. While no offer is out yet, Bell is expected to be tapped to play Ben Grimm/The Thing. Teller has an offer to play Reid Richards/Mr. Fantastic, but deal points are a little further away from being completed.
Teller and Mara have been on Fox’s radar since they were expected to test in November — events that were pushed when Simon Kinberg came on for the last polish on the script. Bell came into the mix after Fox resumed screen tests. Jordan has been attached for some time to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.
Fox has had this film in production for a bit, so it’s good to finally have a cast locked down so we can begin useless speculation and engage in what is sure to be a maelstrom of nerd rage, as usual. Personally, I’m excited by the cast and the potential of the film, especially considering the disappointments of the first two movies.
The Fantastic Four were created in 1961 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and ushered in the heroic age of Marvel Comics. Usually known as the first family of comics, the FF have technically had 3 feature length films over the years. Roger Corman directed the b-movie version that needs to be seen to be believed (you can check out our look at Doomed! for more on that), and Tim Story directed Fantastic Four and the sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which weren’t too highly praised by the fans.
We would expect to hear some more casting news in the next few weeks as more primary characters (and hopefully some villains) are announced, so be sure to keep checking back as the film continues to move forward.
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