It’s amazing the fuss that can kicked up over casting rumors, especially before ink’s even been put to paper, let alone had time to dry. In this case, it looks pretty certain that we know who the big screen’s new Fantastic Four are going to be.
Per Deadline Hollywood, among others, “Fruitvale Station” standout Michael B. Jordan will play Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch. That part was previously played by Chris Evans, who is about to hit multiplexes for his third outing as Captain America. Kate Mara (“Transcendence”) is in place to play The Invisible Woman, Sue Storm, played in the earlier iterations by Jessica Alba. In the comic books, the two characters are brother and sister. There is no word at this point how that aspect is going to be handled in the new version.
Miles Teller, who was a scenestealer in the “Footloose” remake, and will shortly be seen in the feature film adaptation of “Divergent,” has been offered the role of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic. The part was previously played by Ioan Griffud, who has starred in the British TV Horatio Hornblower movies.
In a bit of a surprise, Jamie Bell (“Jumper,” “The Eagle,” “Nymphomaniac”) will apparently play Ben Grimm, who becomes known as The Thing. Michael Chiklis has also played the role.
Josh Trank, who turned heads with 2012’s dark take on the teenagers-get-super powers genre, “Chronicle,” will helm from a script by Simon Kinberg. Kinberg is currently at work on the screenplay for “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and has already written “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
20th Century Fox reportedly owns the rights to the Marvel Comics franchise as long as it keeps making the movies. The movies “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” are generally regarded as disappointing by fans. Roger Corman made an unreleased version of the property in 1992, which remains probably the only movie that Corman ever made that didn’t get released, a story unto itself. The new version, presumably a new origin story, is entitled “The Fantastic Four.” Note the 2005 title didn’t have a “The” in it.
A June 19, 2015 release date has already been announced for “The Fantastic Four.”