The script for Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four is in the bag. The film's been scheduled to begin shooting in Lousiana this March. All that's needed now is an official cast announcement and the Fantastic Four reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank will be underway.
Given how close we are to learning real details about Fantastic Four's plot and cast, it's no surprise we've seen a recent influx of rumors. Over this last week, Trank has been very vocal in denying such bogus claims as the rumored synopsis and Josh Gad (Frozen) being considered for The Thing.
In response to an inquiry from Badass Digest, Trank has again denied any casting or plot-related rumors surrounding Fantastic Four. "You'll see in June of 2015," Trank said, assuring fans all will be revealed in time. This was after the director took to his Twitter account in an initial attempt at dispelling these rumors, but as it's an unverified account, some were wary of believing him. (You can trust us, @josh_trank is the real deal.)
Besides Gad, the other name most recently linked with Fantastic Four was Miles Teller for the role of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic. A casting rumor Trank had previously denied, the director was less forthcoming about Teller's chances now. Instead, Trank shared with Badass Digest his frustrations over ever-changing wish lists of actors being reported as fact.
Is it possible Teller - along with his That Awkward Moment co-star Michael B. Jordan - were part of the casting groups Fox tested in search of the right family chemistry? Absolutely. Does this mean Teller and Jordan were actors Trank had in mind for the roles of Reed and Johnny Storm? Absolutely not. And that's where Trank's frustration surely stems from - who a studio considers feasible for a role and who is eventually cast can (and often do) differ greatly.
As for there being any truth in that leaked synopsis from a few weeks back, Trank elaborated:
"The only truth in that plot description is that there are four characters named Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny."
In that plot description, Reed and Ben Grimm were young boys who gain their incredible abilities following a bizarre accident. Later on while the two are forced to work for the government, they're introduced to other gifted individuals: Sue and Johnny Storm.
It was an origin that detracted significantly from that of the Fantastic Four comic books as well as the 2005 film. Hearing there are no similarities whatsoever between Simon Kinberg's script and this leaked "synopsis" must come as a great relief for fans hoping Fox's reboot might finally do justice by the Fantastic Four.
Where do you stand, Screen Rant readers? What are your hopes for Fox's second attempt at bringing Marvel's favorite family to the big screen? Let us know in the comments below.
Fantastic Four is expected to release June 19th, 2015.
Source: Badass Digest