Deals are not yet signed with anyone, but it looks like 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have picked a cast for the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, according to Deadline.
In addition to Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan (who has been the only consist name associated with this picture) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Fox is said to be finalizing deals with Miles Teller (Divergent, The Spectacular Now) to play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman; and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac, King Kong), who would take on the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.
The casting (if it holds up like this) tells us a few things about the movie:
- The Thing will almost certainly be 100 percent CGI, since the 5-foot-7 Bell is hardly a physical match for the rocky orange strongman. And Bell has done motion-capture before, for The Adventures of Tintin.
- In the comics, Sue and Johnny are blond-haired, blue-eyed siblings, so look for one or the other to be adopted or a half-sibling in the movie.
- Teller’s youthful appearance suggests Reed is more like the boy genius seen in the version of the FF that existed in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.
- This cast lends credence to the rumor that the movie will show a new origin for the foursome.
It’s also interesting that no villain was announced. I wonder if they are holding out for a huge star to counterbalance the relatively unknown good guys.
Simon Kinberg — who wrote this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past — has penned a recent draft of the FF script, but Deadline claims the shooting script is by Jeremy Slater.
Regardless of who will get the onscreen credit, Fox is now so high on this project that it has pushed the FF release from March 6, 2015, to the very thick of the summer blockbuster season, June 19. (That’s just one week after the opening of Jurassic World and a week before Ted 2.) Another comics-based project, Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of The Secret Service — based on Miles Millar and Dave Gibbons’ espionage-laced miniseries — will fill the FF’s old March 6 date, thus delaying it from this fall.