It was almost half a year ago when news started to break that Miles Teller (Project X, 21 & Over) had reportedly met with director Josh Trank to discuss a lead role in Twentieth Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four. A few months later, Teller confirmed that he had been in talks but claimed to be unsure of his involvement.
While Fox is busy promoting their second most expensive film of all-time in X-Men: Days of Future Past, banking on it to potentially relaunch the franchise in a sense, their next Marvel movie has had little to no news when it comes to story and characters. We know it begins shooting this year to meet its summer 2015 release date and with Batman vs. Superman recently being delayed to 2016, Fox needs to take advantage of their 2015 release date to reboot Fantastic Four, arguably one of the more challenging properties to make bankable in a year where The Avengers: Age of Ultron is also debuting.
We learned last week that Fox was revving up to begin principal photography on Fantastic Four in Louisiana either this spring or summer and that means we’re going to start hearing a lot of news on the casting front very soon. According to Teller himself while chatting with Punch Drunk Critics, we can expect some news in the coming weeks.
“Yeah, that should be coming up in the next few weeks”.
While nothing yet is official, all signs point towards Miles Teller being the prime candidate to play Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Trank’s FF adaptation with his That Awkward Moment co-star Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) having been namedropped to play the Human Torch. Judging by his words, Teller – who has skyrocketed in popularity and demand over the last year – could very well be one of the faces of Fox’s next superhero team. He’s certainly not denying it.
Who will fill out the rest of the cast we don’t yet know but it sounds as if Josh Trank and Fox may already have in mind who some, or most of their leads will be and are waiting for the right time to unveil it. They’re clearly going for a younger version of the team, possibly taking cues from the Ultimate Marvel Comics version of the Fantastic Four and we can only hope that means it won’t be long before they crossover with the X-Men franchise, perhaps even to battle Apocalypse in 2016 – again just like in the Ultimate comics. There’s a reason the studio’s comic consult Mark Millar continues to discuss the possibility of crossovers and why screenwriter Simon Kinberg signed a three-year deal with Fox to help “build stories over multiple movies.”
The Wolverine is now available on home video, X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015. X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016.
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