'Fantastic Four' Cast Test Update; Michael B. Jordan is Attached [Updated]

Fantastic Four Cast Testing Update

There's been several rumors about the Fantastic Four movie reboot - ranging from who's in serious discussion to join the cast to plot details - and while you're probably as tired of reading (and as tired as we are of reporting them) as director Josh Trank, the film will soon finalize its cast ahead of production this spring.

A handful of 20-something up and comers are reported as having been either given consideration or tested for roles in Trank's F4, which may take its cues from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book continuity and make the eponymous superheroes (as a whole) younger than they are in non-Ultimate F4 comics. Those aren't the only steps in a new direction for the F4 movie franchise that this reboot looks to take, as you may've heard by now.

THR is confirming a longstanding claim that Michael B. Jordan (as Johnny Storm/Human Torch) is the only actor attached to the F4 reboot currently, as a result of 20th Century Fox "exercising the option" it has on the actor following the found-footage hit Chronicle (also directed by Trank). That Jordan is a handsome and charismatic actor whose star is rapidly on the rise - thanks to his performances in films like Fruitvale Station - makes him a nice catch for the film and arguably deserving of the role, despite controversy over the "race-switching" of the Human Torch character.

Michael B. Jordan eyed for the Fantastic Four reboot
Michael B. Jordan is attached to 'Fantastic Four'

Speaking of departures from the traditional F4 mythos, THR's Heat Vision has also been hearing that classic F4 villain Dr. Doom will again be the central antagonist in Trank's movie reboot. The word from their insiders is that the role will be filled by a big name - a bigger name than Julian McMahon (who played Doom in director Tim Story's F4 movies) anyway - and that the character might be gender-switched. Nothing is set in stone just yet, though, so best to wait for additional information on this topic.

UPDATE: Josh Trank has commented on the Doom gender-switch rumor:

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