‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Update: Kate Mara is the Invisible Woman; Jamie Bell to Play The Thing

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 20th, 2014 at 9:08 am,

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Marvel comic book adaptations are everywhere these days. Disney is paving the way to Phase 3 of The Avengers shared universe, Sony is busy establishing a longterm Spider-Man plot line (involving the Sinister Six and a Venom solo movie), while Fox is preparing a generation-bending team-up in X-Men: Days of Future Past (to be followed by an Apocalypse story). As a result, with a flashy new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy to analyze, it can be easy to forget that Fox is also working on a reboot of the Fantastic Four.

Lately, casting news has kept the project on our radar, with one unceremonious quasi-confirmation after another. After reports confirmed Chronicle‘s Michael B. Jordan will play Johnny Storm in the upcoming film and Miles Teller (Project X) strongly hinted that he was also attached as Reed Richards, all eyes have been on the roles of Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman and Ben Grimm/The Thing. Today, it sounds like we might finally know which two performers are expected to round out the cast.

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According to a report from The Wrap, Jamie Bell (Jumper) is expected to play Grimm – though the studio has yet to extend him an official contract. The write-up also re-confirms what most people have already accepted as a given at this point – that Teller will play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, assuming the actor and the studio can finalize schedules (and his overall deal). Meanwhile, Variety suggests that Kate Mara (House of Cards) has actually accepted an offer to play Storm.

Mara has been rumored as a possibility for weeks – after prior rumors asserted that Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie were also in the running for Storm. However, Variety‘s report is the first one to say that Mara has officially signed-on – and, given the specificity of where things stand with Teller and Bell as well, it’s very possible this updated information is also accurate.

Of course, the official casting of Mara raises a key question that has been at the forefront of the Fantastic Four reboot, ever since Jordan was rumored as Johnny Storm: given that Jordan is black and Mara is white, has screenwriter Simon Kinberg outright abandoned the traditional brother-sister relationship between the pair – or does he have a different explanation in mind (such as adoption)? It’ll be interesting to find out; though, both Mara and Jordan have offered solid performances in notable action fare and character-driven indies – meaning that whatever their relationship is in the reboot, the actors should have no problem delivering in the roles.

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On the other hand, The Wrap‘s post represents the first we’re hearing of Jamie Bell, best known for voicing the titular character in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. That said, the actor is a star on the rise – with a notable turn in film festival favorite Snowpiercer followed by the impending (and controversial) release of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II. Like Mara and Jordan, Bell is a smart catch for the Fantastic Four reboot – one that should be especially encouraging to anyone who was rolling their eyes at the thought of Josh Gad as The Thing.

Assuming that director Josh Trank takes advantage of similar technologies as Joss Whedon used to capture Mark Ruffalo’s performance for the Hulk in The Avengers, we won’t get to see a lot of Bell (at least not after the initial accident  turns him into a superhero) but he has strong enough acting chops to ensure that Grimm’s humanity shows through his stony CGI exterior.

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Obviously, industry reports are not the same thing as official confirmation but, as mentioned, the write-ups suggest knowing insight into where the studio is at with each of the primary cast members. Not to mention, earlier rumors indicated the script is now complete - and that potential cast members would be testing this month (February 2014). If the reports are to be believed, that means half of the team could now be confirmed, Mara and Jordan, with Teller and Bell still in talks. Given how much Teller has been spouting off about the project, even teasing casting news “soon,” it’s unlikely that he’ll drop out. Yet, anything is possible.

We’ll keep you up to date as Fox offers official information (or official denials) – including who might play the film’s villain.


More: Why Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan ‘Deserve’ Roles


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

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for updates on the Fantastic Four reboot as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Sources: The Wrap and Variety

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  1. I love how offensive and angry some people get over this when in reality I doubt any of our opinions on this board mean anything to the people making this film. Honestly I think it’s pretty pathetic that people are not only talking about how this movie will bomb because of some stupid casting, but also that people are throwing the word racist around like it’s some big conspiracy against this black actor.

    1.Sony owns Spiderman not Fox.. Fox owns X men and F4.
    2. People calling them “to Young” MBJ and Mara are older than Evans and Alba were in 2005.
    there all 27+ years old.. not that young.
    3. If you can buy the idea that four people could commandeer a rocket, fly into orbit and get super powers from cosmic rays then Black and white siblings Shouldn’t be a un heard off..
    4. A big part of Ben Grim story is his struggle with is new looks as The Thing. Only makes sense that hed be a good looking guy b4. and he will be all CGI anyway who CARES!?!?!
    5. Besides Bell the Other 3 are all in High demand. There being looked at for every movie. MBJ by many should have been Nominated for a Academy Award for “Fruitvale Station”.
    6. We’ve already seen what a Fantastic Four movie that tries to recreate what the comic book is like, in 2005. We’ve also seen what director Josh Trank can do with superhero tropes when he doesn’t have to worry about pre-existing continuity or expectations. The best thing Fox can hope for from the Fantastic Four reboot is that Trank follows his instincts, and doesn’t try and give the audience what it thinks it wants. BE OPEN TO CHANGE!
    7. U haven’t seen Plot, Trailer or Effects or the movie. so please #$%$ on June 19th,2015

  3. Evan McGregor as Silver Sulfer instead dr. Doom as the baddie.

    • *Surfer.

      Sorry for the typo.

  4. Here is my problem with this, I always felt the strength of the FF was the story not the action. The family drama, relationships and lives, were grounded compared to the rest of the Marvel Universe. So didnt think the story needed a change, but hopefully they do not lose that aspect. That FF is about their relationships and lives. I do not think the suit is all that important. Im sure they will have one, but I do not think its something to look for or has to be the familiar blue suit. This does look as if the FF will be a completely different story.