‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot: Rumored Reed Richards Actor Confirms Talks

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Iron Man may have been the film that kicked off the idea of a shared cinematic superhero universe, but as fans are coming to realize, it is far from the last. While Marvel Studios works its way through Phase Two of its superhero movies (with next month’s Thor: The Dark World well on the way), Sony and Fox – who still retain movie rights to select Marvel characters – are putting plans in motion to create their own cinematic playgrounds.

Sony, of course, is busy planning to expand the Spider-Man universe in next year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and its sequels), but Fox arguably has a more difficult task at hand. The latter studio not only aims to unite the convoluted timeline of the numerous X-Men films with next year’s time travel tale X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s also tasked with resurrecting the Fantastic Four brand.

We’ve been hearing for a while that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) has been busy assembling the Fantastic Four cast, with actors like Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan rumored to be up for the key roles as members of “Marvel’s First Family.” Now Miles Teller – who is set to appear in sci-fi adventure Divergent next spring – has confirmed that he may be in line to star.

Fandango recently caught up with Teller, who talked about what he’ll be working on in the foreseeable future:

“Right now, I’m kind of hanging out. I don’t have anything that I’m doing until probably January or February. I don’t know 100%. Obviously ‘Insurgent,’ the next ‘Divergent’ film… I think they are going to start the second one in April.

When asked about Fantastic Four, though, his response was suspiciously evasive:

“Uh, you know, I don’t know [about that]. If that happens, if everything works out, then I will be pretty pumped. But then I’ll also be working for… it’s like seven months out of your year. Which is not a bad problem.”

Teller’s name has recently come up in connection with the role of Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, and his casting would certainly follow suit with Fox’s apparent desire to cast rising stars in the film’s leads (as opposed to more marquee names a la Warner Bros. and DC’s casting of Ben Affleck as the next Batman). In just the past couple years, Teller has appeared in such buzzed-about films as Project X, The Spectacular Now and 21 & Over, and his role in Divergent – based on the novel by Veronica Roth – and sequels Insurgent and Allegiant should boost his career even further.

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However, as Teller himself implies above, his increasingly tight schedule could make a large-scale production like Fantastic Four a tough fit, especially since he’s likely contractually obligated to Insurgent, which the actor said begins filming in April. That could very well conflict with work on Fantastic Four, which is expected to start production early next year as well, and prevent Teller from taking on the role of the iconic elastic leader of the one of Marvel’s signature comic book properties.

At this point, this is all mere speculation until Fox makes an official announcement regarding casting for the film. With filming drawing ever closer, expect the full Fantastic Four roster to be revealed relatively soon.

In the meantime, do you think Teller would make a good Reed Richards? Who are you hoping to see in the new film? Let us know in the comments section below.


Fantastic Four is currently set to hit theaters on March 6, 2015.

Source: Fandango

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  1. Hey we can’t let a little thing like not being the right age get in the way right? We shouldn’t get hung up on little things like that. We should be open minded, and forward thinking. Who cares what they did in the comics, they don’t have to stick to the source material. We should be indifferent and blind to his age. All that matters is he is a great actor, and he can capture the essence of who Reed Richards is.

    • Yeah its stupid to write a story on the source material…I mean…50 Shades of Grey should be about a wayward MC on TLC who is color blind…as long as the actor can have the same intensity about color as the book did about sex…and we should not despair if the Gone with the Wind remake is about gas as long as Scarlett can make us fell her defiance to her flatulence as the original did for the burning of the city.


      Why bother making a fantastic four movie if you really want to make a different movie that kind of resembles the F4 superficially?

      • I don’t know if you noticed but my post was sarcasm from beginning to end.

  2. Reed needs to be older. And if Johnny Storm is black, than is Susan black as well? Susan Storm has to be a hot blond, case closed. I like these actors, but not for these roles.

  3. David Tennant for Reed R. Perhaps he’s up for the Torch?

  4. The more I hear about this movie the less interested I get. As bad as the other FF movies were they need to make sure they make a good action filled entertaining movie. So far it looks like the Fantastic Four Twilight Edition to me. Ill wait to see the trailer but from what i see now I will pass on this movie. They already got me twice with those other two horrible movies.

    • They’re only remaking this movie because if the don’t make a film every so many years, they lose their rights to FF and it goes back on the market. So I wouldn’t get my hopes up that this movie will even be as good as the originals a few years ago. Ugh. Hollywood.

  5. I’ll kill my self if they cast Miles Teller, I’m already pissed off that he’s appearing in Divergent.