Comic fans anticipated a live-action Fantastic Four movie for decades, and when it arrived in 2005, it wasn’t exactly of the quality they’d been hoping. The film got a sequel a couple of years later, and that one committed the cardinal sin of turning Galactus – one of the most badass villains in the comic book realm – into nothing more than a talking cloud. Not cool, 20th Century Fox. But now a decent enough time has elapsed, and with the rise of The Avengers, the Fantastic Four have slipped out of the public consciousness enough where the studio thinks it’s OK to reboot and start from scratch.
They’ve hired Chronicle director Josh Trank to direct, and Simon Kinberg just came on board to rewrite the screenplay. Now casting talks are heating up, and Deadline brings us the latest update about who might play the super-powered family (but no word yet on who might be Ben Grimm in this version). Here are the contenders so far:
The rumor that Chronicle and “The Wire” star Michael B. Jordan is up for The Human Torch (aka Johnny Storm) is apparently true, as the young actor is still being considered for the role.
For Mr. Fantastic (aka Reed Richards), the studio is looking at “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow on the series), Miles Teller (who was excellent in this year’s indie The Spectacular Now), and someone named Jack O’Connell (who starred in the British TV series “Skins” and has a role in the upcoming 300 sequel).
For The Invisible Girl (aka Sue Storm, Reed’s wife and Johnny’s sister), the list consists of Hanna star Saoirse Ronan (who also recently auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII), “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara, and The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie.
If I had my picks – which I obviously don’t, but work with me here – I’d choose Jordan, Teller, and Robbie. Who’d you like to see don the blue suits in the new iteration of the franchise? Tell us in the comments below.
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