The Great Sundering, aka Fox’s Marvel movie line, has announced the cast for their Fantastic Four reboot, to be directed by Josh Trank and scheduled for June 2015. And they are…..
Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards!
Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm!
Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm!
And Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm!
Yes the sylph-like dancer Billy Elliot will play the rockbound Thing! It will make his change to orange rocks even more tragic.
According to THR, the unconventional casting came about “after initial tests failed to produce a candidate execs could agree on.”
It’s all CGI anyway so.
Jordan’s casting as blue eyed blonde Johnny Storm, had been kicked around for a while, and makes a nice counterpoint to Jessica Alba playing Sue Storm in the last version of the FF.
THR is bullish on this youthful, critically admired cast:
The new cast may not be household names or A-listers but in terms of a next gen “best of” class it can’t be beat. Teller is on the rise and fielding multiple offers, Jordan is nominated for an Indie Spirit for his acclaimed work in Fruitvale Station, and Mara has cachet due to co-starring in House of Cards. Brit thespian Bell is one of the stars of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
The new FF movie has been in script hell for awhile, but a new movie has to be made eventually or Disney/Marvel will get the franchise back. Let’s hope it’s less of a kiddie movie than the last version—although I loved the Chris Evans/Michael Chiklis chemistry of the last go round. This one will be based on the Ultimate FF book, hence the more youthful feeling.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.