The heralds of Galactus, better known as industry insiders, have told TheWrap and Variety that Josh Trank’s highly anticipated Fantastic Four reboot has found its core cast at long last. Earlier this month, we reported on rumors of actors like Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Emmy Rossum, and Christian Cooke screen testing for the roles of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, et al, as well as the rumor that the film would feature a female version of Doctor Doom. While we won’t be seeing Victoria von Doom any time soon, it’s looking like we will be seeing several of the aforementioned faces donning the iconic costumes on June 19, 2015.
Inside sources close to the project have confirmed that Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Kate Mara (House of Cards), and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) will be joining Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) to form the titular Fantastic Four. Jordan has long been attached as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, and Mara has closed a deal to play Sue Storm, better known as the Invisible Woman. Although Bell hasn’t received an official offer, the British actor is expected to yell “It’s clobberin’ time” as Ben Grimm, the Thing. Teller, evidently, has an offer to play Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic, but the in-demand actor, who will appear as Peter in Divergent next month, has potential shooting conflicts with the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Although Teller is the top choice for the role, if Fox can’t work out an arrangement with Lionsgate/Summit, then it’s likely that they’ll have to look elsewhere for their stretchy supergenius.
Jordan has been connected with the project since Trank’s involvement was confirmed, and Fox has eyed Teller and Mara since they were first expected to test in November, an event which was delayed by Simon Kinberg coming in gussy up the script. The script is said to draw from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics and is clearly going to follow a much younger version of the iconic superhero team. Personally, I think this is a terrific group of actors with tremendous potential and I’m eager to see what Trank will whip up. Now, the question remains: who will be the villain and who will play the villain? I’d like to see Danny DeVito as Mole Man or Benedict Cumberbatch as Galactus, but the chances of that happening are slim to none.
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