‘Fantastic Four’: Miles Teller Praises Director and Script

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After comic book properties had acquired an undisputed hold over the multiplex, the next step was Marvel Studios’ establishment of an interconnected cinematic universe – mirroring that of the comic book world – as a far-reaching way to develop many different franchises across a variety of different media outlets.

The other major studios with big-name comic book properties have followed suit, with Warner Bros. (Batman vs. Superman) and Sony (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) developing interconnected movie universes based on their titles. Fox is doing the same, with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this May (followed by X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016) and director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot releasing in June of 2015.

After a long development period, Trank’s cast has come together, with Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan on board – and courting controversy – as Johnny Storm A.K.A. The Human Torch, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) as The Thing and That Awkward Moment star Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.

We’ve heard from producer Matthew Vaughn that Fantastic Four is going to be a hard reboot with a darker tone, but there’s not many other details beyond unconfirmed rumors. During a recent interview with IGN, Miles Teller opened up about his casting in the superhero film and praises the movie’s approach to the story.

As for what attracted him to the project – and whether or not he was a big comic book fan – Teller said:

“Well, for me I didn’t grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily. Fantastic Four is my dad’s favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank. I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at Chronicle, you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together — Michael B. (Jordan), Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell — I was very excited.”

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Given the overall dominance of superhero films, it’s easy to believe that almost any young actor would jump at the chance to play in one. According to Teller:

“I was joking around about a year ago, ‘I guess I’ll be playing a supehero soon’ because that’s just the world that we’re in, but I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we’re going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me.”

Teller also commented on screenwriter Simon Kinberg’s take on the material, stating:

“When I read the script, I didn’t feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible supehero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It’s a proper character and that’s my favorite stuff to do.”

Teller’s insights are heartening, and in line with Matthew Vaughn’s previous statements about the reboot’s direction. If we really are going to see an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover down the line, establishing a tone with F4 which hews closer to the expected grimness of Days of Future Past will be key. Still, this new Fantastic Four is still over a year away from its release, so for many fans, our first good look at the new characters in action will be the real test.


Fantastic Four is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.

Source: IGN

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  1. A new age.

    A new world to conquer.

    A new DOOM.

  2. Here comes the groaning fanboys.

  3. see the problem is i prefer my FF stories to be “larger-than-life, incredible supehero tales”
    Also could you imagine an actor saying “yeah the script for this movie i’ve just been hired to star in and promote is pretty terrible”

  4. “I didn’t grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily.”Fantastic Four was my Dad’s favorite superhero comic”

    Well at least this Teller guy is honest. Most actors who a got role in a CBM just automatically said ” oh, xyz was my favorite character of all “.
    Which sounded BS, like their publicist had rehearsed them before the interview.

  5. I hope that it is really good movie.

    The Fantastic Four I had seen in 2005 and 2007 the sequel. Disappointment, indeed. I disliked those movies at all! Bad movie.

    Maybe this will make up the better movie. I can’t wait. :D

  6. “Hard reboot with a darker tone”


  7. Just based off what was just stated as the tone of the movie being “darker,” and more “grounded”….. FF to me has always been this larger than life, cosmic, techie, lighter type of property. FF pushed and explored what most comics in the Marvel universe won’t, largely do to Reed Richard’s character and his drive for “wonder” and “exploration.” I feel like it should be more in the fantasy, tech universe, but still can be grounded.

    My fear is that they are allowing XMen, which deals with darker material, dictate what FF could be.

    Again, my opinion is solely based on what I just read in this article about the tone of the film.

    Side note – Doom better be a BOSS!

    • Doom will be a mech suit. :P

  8. A crossover with the X-men, OMG! I hope that doesn’t happen. This is a ship that is destined to sink so it is better that it sinks alone.

  9. yawwwwwwwwwwn……..pass.

  10. Only two issues with the new F4 movie. First Reed Richards should be well past his acne stage. I think this guy would be great for the role in about 5 to 7 years. Also, whats going on in the Storm household? So is Johnny Storm adopted, is Sue and Johnny’s mom sleeping around, did Sue’s father pass away and her mother remarried, or some other variartion. My preference would be if they start Johnny Storm out as Miles Teller and after the accident he would become Michael B Jordon. That way they could solve both problems at the same time. Then cast someone like Ian Somerhalder or Cillian Murphy as Richards. Either that or make Michael Mr Fantastic and recast the human torch. Maybe Jack Gleeson from GoT.