Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fox Finds FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Cast, Facepalming Resumes

And here you thought Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot were bad casting decisions...

The Hollywood Reporter claims their sources confirm that 20th Century Fox is making deals with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell (shown above) to star as Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and The Thing, respectively, in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot based on the Marvel Comics series.

The project, still scheduled for just over a year away, so no rush or anything, was first announced in 2009 and was about to happen last fall until rewrites forced a delay.  Simon Kinberg signed on as co-writer and producer in October 2013 and the film now appears to have a script that sufficiently pleases the studio.

The decision to go with a younger cast hints that the reboot may adapt Marvel Comics' Ultimate Fantastic Four series, which featured younger versions of the Fantastic Four that gained their superpowers from a malfunctioning teleporter accident instead of rocketing into space as adults and being bombarded by cosmic rays.

Fox's previous films directed by Tim Story, Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, did well for the studio, making over $330 million and $289 million worldwide respectively before home video sales.  However, the films were panned by both critics and comic fans, and with former Human Torch Chris Evans moved on to considerably more success as Captain America, it's no surprise the studio has decided to go with a different cast.

A rumored storyline for the film was posted on Under the Gun Review, only to be denied by Trank.  However, Trank also denied many of the casting rumors, so it's possible the storyline rumors could end up actually being legit.  Here's what was posted...

'The Fantastic Four’ will tell the story of two very young friends, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. After an event transforms the boys, they find themselves empowered with bizarre new abilities. Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Ben becomes a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super strength. However, the two end up being owned by the government and used as weapons. But after they mature, two others with powers come into the picture – Sue Storm 'The Invisible Girl' and Johnny Storm 'The Human Torch.'

And as you might expect, the internet already has a few choice opinions about the casting, some of it positive, some of it...not so much.  Here's what you can find using the Twitter hashtag #FantasticFour...

The Fantastic Four reboot is currently scheduled, believe it or not, for June 19, 2015.

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