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Exclusive: John Krasinski Wants To Play Mr. Fantastic

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Update: Here's our full John Krasinski interview for A Quiet Place.

John Krasinski tells us he would "love" to star in a reboot of Fantastic Four. The actor/director recently sat down with Screen Rant to discuss his latest film, A Quiet Place, a horror film set to release April 6th that he directed and co-starred alongside his wife, Emily Blunt.

A Quiet Place represents the first time the couple has worked together on screen in live-action (they voiced characters together in Animal Crackers), but in recent months they have been among the most popular pair fancast to take over the roles of Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic, and Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, in the inevitable Marvel Studios Fantastic Four franchise reboot once the recent Disney/21st Century Fox merger is finalized.

Related: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Should Lead Marvel’s Fantastic Four

During our interview, we asked Krasinski about working with his wife on the Fantastic Four, should the opportunity arise.

Screen Rant: A lot of our fans at Screen Rant love the superhero stuff. You and Emily have both flirted with this for a little bit... any chance that you guys could be playing the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic?

John Krasinski: Oh yeah, the Fantastic Four. I would love that! I mean listen, I’m still getting into the whole superhero thing. I didn’t read comics as a kid, not as many, I read some but not as much, but I’m a huge superhero fan so yeah, I’d love to do something like that. If they’re are any left, a lot of these have been taken but the ones that are left, yeah, I would love to do something like that. And listen, I’d love to work with her again so any chance I got would be great.

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As indicated, both Krasinski and Blunt have had their hats in different rings associated with superhero films in the past. While Krasinski was making a name for himself as Jim Halpert on The Office, he was also in the running for the role of Steve Rogers in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. According to Krasinski, he took himself out of the running  for the role upon seeing Chris Hemsworth’s godlike physique during a costume fitting. Of course the role ultimately went to Chris Evans and it’s hard to imagine anyone else as Cap now; but perhaps as Evans prepares to leave the role and the MCU behind, Krasinski could be ready to step in.

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Blunt, who will be starring in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns later this year, has also had her fair share of superhero close encounters. Though she dispels rumors that she was every up for the role of Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel, Blunt did turn down two major Marvel Cinematic Universe roles: Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. Ironically, taking the role of Carter would have allowed her to work alongside her husband years earlier, but in having passed she’s allowed for the possibility of the Hollywood couple being the faces that relaunch one of Marvel’s oldest and beloved properties in the Fantastic Four.

Of course whether or not the couple ends up working together on the Fantastic Four is dependent on several variables, many of which are out of their hands and even if the Disney/21st Century Fox merger is finalized, it’ll likely be at least three years before Marvel Studios brings the First Family back to the big screen and introduces them into their shared cinematic universe. If that hurdle is cleared, the couple would have to have their schedules sync up and beat out what is sure to be a long and impressive list of contenders for the roles. However, as a married couple, they certainly might have an advantage over the others in trying to capture the family dynamic that is the focus of the Fantastic Four.

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MORE: Recasting the Fantastic Four for the MCU

Key Release Dates
  • A Quiet Place (2018) release date: Apr 06, 2018
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