'Fantastic Four' reboot picks four of its stars
Michael B. Jordan, left, and Miles Teller will reportedly star in "The Fantastic Four."
February 20th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

'Fantastic Four' reboot picks four of its stars

We totally called it: Miles Teller is about to have a very, very good year.

The "Divergent" actor is just one of the four stars Fox has picked to lead its "The Fantastic Four" reboot, which will be directed by "Chronicle's" Josh Trank.

According to multiple reports, Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell are all hammering out negotiations to lead the film.

While these actors aren't set in stone, Jordan is thought to be a sure thing since he's the one who's been attached to the project the longest. The lauded "Fruitvale Station" star previously worked with Trank on 2012's "Chronicle," and reports have suggested for months that he'd play Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.

Mara, currently starring in Netflix's "House of Cards," is expected to play Sue Storm, or The Invisible Woman, with Teller playing Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic.

That leaves "The Adventures of Tintin's" Jamie Bell, who's expected to seal the deal to play Ben Grimm, or The Thing.

Fox has been plotting this reboot for a while, and has already scheduled it for a June 19, 2015 release. After running into script snafus, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" writer/producer Simon Kinberg has turned in a revision that works.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s, the "Fantastic" story centers on a whipsmart scientist named Reed, his girlfriend Sue, Sue's brother Johnny, and Reed's pilot pal Ben. The four come into their powers after a spaceflight gone wrong, and then pledge to use them for good.

The 2015 "Fantastic Four" film won't be the first time Fox has tried to take this Marvel Comics story and bring it to the big screen. It previously released two "Fantastic Four" films in 2005 and 2007 that starred Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis.

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  1. enelsoniii

    TERRIBLE idea. Why can't they leave the cast alone from the last 2 and write some better material? Putting no names in does not help. This is a major reason the Fantastic Four is foundering. In the comic book, Sue was much older than Jessica Alba. It looked like Read was dating his daughter in the first two movies.

    February 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nj666


    February 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. djdolo37

    It amazes me the comments made concerning the race of these characters. I've been reading comics for 30 years and the one thing I loved was the great CHARACTERS not the race of the character. It didn't matter to me Tony Stark was white or Steve Rogers was blond, or Luke Cage is black or if the Green Lantern was black, white, blue, Guy Gardner (well maybe Guy Gardner he sucked) or whatever. I just loved the Characters. To be so offended that a character's skin color is different than in the book is sickening. Remember all the "n-word Fury" websites after Sam Jackson was redesigned by Marvel, AFTER they asked HIM if they could use him as the new model for the Ultimates Nick Fury. Some of us are so trapped in our polarized world of racial bigotry and it comes out in spades (definitely no pun intended) on the internet. "Why would they cast Johnny Storm black but Sue Storm White??? They are brother and sister!!" Um ever heard of this new thing out now that all the kids are doing called ADOPTION??? I mean seriously who gives a crap??? As long as the story is good skin color doesn't matter. If it sucks like the previous two FF movies did (and Johnny was white) then it really doesn't matter. Remake the Black Panther and make him white under the mask I wouldn't care as long as the characters and stories are good. And to the fellow who though "Ironside" didn't do well because the main character was black...get a grip. It did terrible because 1.) It was terrible (poorly written) 2.) Today's audience doesn't know who "Ironside" is and 3.) It was terrible. Regardless of who was cast in it. Grow up America and realize our world is very diverse and should be represented as such. Call me liberal whatever but this is just nonsense that needs to stop. My county tis of thee indeed...

    February 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. antano1970

    No straight guys were available for this film?

    February 21, 2014 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. pglht

    I'm wondering if the movie rights were about to expire for FOX so they made this to hold on to them. I think this movie will be horrible.

    February 21, 2014 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. darkhomr

    For me it is more about logic. If they would make Sue black I would be able to process Johnny being black. Ben Grimm could be black and it would not influence anything. Heck, even Reed being black would have been interesting, but the odds of Sue being white and Johnny being black with the same parents are way out there.

    Samuel L Jackson being Fury was a good move in my opinion. I was against it when it happened but I have to applaud the powers that be for making that decision. It was a far cry from the last Fury (Hasselhoff anyone?). But this trend of changing races of established characters seems like the worst kind of affirmative action. The new Superman movie has a black Perry White. The Avengers has a 70 year old man playing Hank Pym, but where is Black Panther?

    Change for change's sake is usually bad news. It takes away the pride of getting a job, for me, if the only reason you got it is because you are a minority, a woman, or disabled. I agree with the OP in that if you are going to change the race, gender or orientation of a character at least have a reason and logic behind it.

    February 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • pglht

      I agree, at least Fury was black in the Ultimate Universe Comics so they had a precedent in the comics to justify it in the movies. Even though Hemidal was black in Thor I could look past that,but to me this just isn't the Fantastic Four it's something that resembles it but has nothing to do with it..more like an archetype

      February 21, 2014 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |

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