There aren’t a whole lot of fans of the two Fantastic Four films that got made a few years back, and for good reason, but I think we’re all fairly optimstic about the upcoming reboot that Josh Trank is at the helm of. Trank impressed me with his found footage superhero movie Chronicle and the rumored casting of Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic and Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch offers an interesting direction for the roles. Well, a few hours back a report came out that not only are Jordan and Teller basically on board, but Kate Mara has been cast as The Invisible Woman and Jamie Bell is going to be signing on to play The Thing. That last choice has me scratching my head, but I suppose it could be a lot worse. You can see some details below, but I know I’m pretty pleased overall with what this Fantastic Four team will look like. Now, to make an enjoyable flick out of this franchise for a change…
Here’s the story that Variety broke last night:
After a final rewrite to the script and a long casting process, Fox looks to have assembled the team for its “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell will join Michael B. Jordan in the latest installment in the comicbook franchise.
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.
Based on the comic “The Ultimate Fantastic Four,” the contemporary update will focus on the characters as young men and women. Josh Trank will helm the pic with Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers.
With its four leads on board, Fox will now try to find its villain and hopes to test a handful of actors in the coming weeks.
“The Fantastic Four” is slated to bow June 19, 2015.
Teller is repped by CAA, Mara and Bell are repped by UTA and Jordan is repped by WME.
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