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.
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.