The Hollywood Reporter ran a story about some actors who have been testing for the roles of the heroes in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, but the most interesting tidbit is actually about the movie’s villain.
The outlet reports that Fox is “likely” to approach a big name star for the role of Doctor Doom, and “isn’t ruling out switching genders for the role.” I know fanboys take these kind of changes really seriously – just look at the reaction to Marvel’s choice of how to handle The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 – but making Doctor Doom a woman sounds like it could be a cool idea. Going strictly off of what I’ve seen in the previous films (I never got into Fantastic Four comics), this doesn’t strike me as anything that would fundamentally alter the character traits of the supervillain. The bad guys can get pretty boring in superhero movies these days – we’ve seen dozens of the same variations on them over the past two decades – so making the villain of a major franchise a woman could be a refreshing way to switch things up a little bit. Victoria Von Doom, anyone?
Because there hasn’t been a lot of confirmed news about this Fantastic Four reboot, we haven’t covered it in a while. But for those of you who haven’t been following along with it, here’s a big rundown of what’s happened on the project so far (including some new names of who’s been testing for the leads).
When director Josh Trank’s debut film Chronicle hit theaters in 2012, it was easy to see that he was a talented young guy with a bright future ahead of him. Since that movie premiered, he’s been in talks to direct a Venom spin-off movie, a film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus, and an adaptation of the comic book The Red Star. But the project that’s risen to the top of his priority list is a reboot of The Fantastic Four for Fox, and he’s been hard at work on pre-production for months with X-Men writer Simon Kinberg tackling script duties.
Fanboys freaked out a little when word came out that Frozen star Josh Gad had tested for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing, but that seems to have died down with the knowledge that he likely won’t end up scoring the part. We heard Fruitvale Station and “The Wire” star Michael B. Jordan was up for the part of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch back in May of last year (it makes sense, considering he worked with Trank on Chronicle), and early reports indicated Fox was narrowing the casting search by testing actors like Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic and Margot Robbie and Kate Mara for Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman.
The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that Jordan is attached as The Human Torch, and they have some new info about who’s been testing for various roles in the upcoming film. “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum is a new name in contention for Sue Storm, and unknown actor Christian Cook has tested to play The Thing. They also say that Mara and Teller have tested, while “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan, and Elizabeth Olsen never went before casting directors for this project.
I’m a big Emmy Rossum fan, and even though it’s still early in the process, I’m excited to see her name tossed into the mix here. I’ve said before that if I could choose the actors to play the leads (knowing nothing about the script, mind you), I’d pick Jordan, Teller, and Margot Robbie as Johnny, Reed, and Sue. Ben Grimm’s a bit tougher choice (partly because whatever you thought about the earlier films, Michael Chiklis left an indelible mark on the character), but I like the fact that they’re testing unknown actors.
Time will tell how all of this plays out, but I’m intrigued by the possibility of a female villain. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know below.
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