20th Century Fox announced their reboot of the Fantastic Four back on August 31st, 2009. Only now, almost four and half years later, do finally know who will be slipping into those iconic costumes. No news yet on the status of Doctor Doom, but as far as casting news goes… Are you ready?
Taking over from Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd would seem to be Miles Teller, best known for 2010’s Rabbit Hole or last year’s The Spectacular Now. In the case of the latter, he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival alongside costar Shailene Woodley, recently cut as Mary Jane Watson from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As well as the acting cred, twenty-seven year-old Teller certainly has a charmingly geeky demeanor – one that would work well with the elastic Reed Richards – but also a capacity to showcase the character’s more reckless and self-destructive side.
The Invisible Woman
Fresh off a turn in Season 2 of Netflix’s House of Cards, Kate Mara will be stepping in for previous Sue Storm Jessica Alba. Though she’s set to appear in Johnny Depp starrer Transcendence later on in 2014, thirty year-old Mara is probably most recognizable from her work in shows like 24 and American Horror Story, though she previously appeared in a superhero movie all the way back in 2006 (albeit execrable Tim Allen flop Zoom). Most of Mara’s performances have highlighted a certain ferocity and willpower that could make for an interesting portrayal of the force field-projecting heroine.
The Human Torch
A fan favorite for the part, Michael B. Jordan has long been rumored as the studio’s first choice to take the mantle of Johnny Storm from Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Jordan’s big break came playing teenage drug dealer Wallace in The Wire. In 2012, he had his breakout movie role in found-footage superhero flick Chronicle (which also starred Dane DeHaan, the new Harry Osborne). While his performance in Ryan Coogler‘s critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station failed to net him an Oscar nom, twenty-seven year-old Jordan certainly has the combination of brash and sensitive necessary to make Johnny soar.
Last but not least, Jamie Bell will be replacing Michael Chiklis as the man beneath the boulders, Ben Grimm AKA The Thing. Bell was launched onto the movie scene back at fourteen with his BAFTA-winning lead role in Billy Elliot. Since then, he’s appeared in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, sci-fi Jumper, Chris Evans starrer Snowpiercer, Filth – he’s even the voice of Tintin in Steven Spielberg‘s 2011 adaptation and its upcoming sequel. Able to turn on a dime from tormented to cheeky and back again, twenty-seven year-old Bell could be the perfect fit for a character whose very humanity is called into question.
But what do you think? Does the new younger casting works or is it a desperate attempt to appeal to a tween audience? Will the studio will commit to taking the characters down a darker route or is it family-friendly fun all the way? Sound off below!