A couple of months ago, we heard rumours that Fox was looking to expand and combine the continuity of all of their Marvel properties in order to build a cinematic universe of their own. Obviously now that the rights to Daredevil have reverted back to Marvel, the two biggest remaining comic book franchises in Fox’s possession are the X-Men and Fantastic Four. That puts a lot of pressure on their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot to be not only successful, but also big enough to open the door to more sequels and spin-offs as well. Casting is going to be a huge part of that and this week it appears that they are finally getting serious about finding the right actors for the lead roles. Hit the jump to find out the shortlist of names that are currently in contention for the new Fantastic Four.
According to Variety, Fox currently has two trios of actors lined up to test for the roles of Reed Richards and Sue Storm. The actors they have in mind for Reed Richards are:
- Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii)
- Jack O’Connell (Skins, 300: Rise of an Empire)
- Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Project X)
And here is the list for Sue Storm:
- Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Host)
- Kate Mara (House of Cards)
- Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Pan Am)
As for Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) seems to be the only actor currently up for the role at this time. Considering the recent rumours that he is also being pursued for an Independence Day sequel and Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s no surprise that they would want to lock him in for the role. No word yet on who they might want to play Ben Grimm in the film.
Josh Trank (Chronicle) is directing Fantastic Four from a script by Jeremy Slater with rewrites by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Do you think the reboot will be an improvement on the previous Fantastic Four films? How do you feel about these potential casting choices?