The powerhouse that is Marvel Studios has recently revealed another super team that isn’t The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy: The Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) is set to be released June 19, 2015. Obviously, Marvel wants to continue their string of successful superheroes on the big screen that arguably started with Iron Man in 2008 and the pitch-perfect Robert Downey, Jr. Trank is no stranger to the genre, as he brought a refreshing spin to the found footage movie as well as defining what it means to be a superhero in Chronicle. Based on this casting news, it seems Trank is exploring the last half of that theme once again. Below is the list of actors that make up the reboot of this age-old, fan-favorite team that was last brought to the screen (with lukewarm results) in 2005, with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis.
Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic)
Teller is a huge talent (“one to be watched” is an understatement) as he’s hot off the heels of excellent independents like The Spectacular Now and Whiplash, this year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. And as the “stretchy” Fantastic, I can see Teller highly enjoying the role as he spits out innuendos left and right.
Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman)
Star of the Golden-Globe winning House of Cards, Mara is certainly an experienced actress and she also emanates an air of punk rock, which could be a refreshing change for Storm’s character.
Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch)
Another up-and-coming actor, Jordan made his debut in last year’s critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station. He also joined Teller in the recent comedy That Awkward Moment, so the idea of teamwork should be easy to slip into. And I do think he has a slapstick air comparable to his predecessor, Evans.
Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing)
Two words: Billy Elliot. Bell is great in any role he takes on (most recently in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac), and I can’t wait to see what he does with the impenetrable giant. My guess is he’ll start out Steve Rodgers a la Captain America: The First Avenger (before the enhancement), and then undergo the transformation, using his super strength in an appreciative way. Or, I could be dead wrong.
It seems intrigue is the name of the game here, as fans are wondering how the updated story will connect these four unlikely characters (especially “siblings” Sue and Johnny) and the tone the film’s creators wish to establish. In a recent interview with MNE, producer Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) said, “It’s a total reboot for sure. And it’s not a comedy.”