Well, after months of speculation and screen-testing, it looks like the new cast of the big screen "Fantastic Four" reboot has been finalized, at least according to The Wrap. Look for Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell to play the titular superheroes, who, at least according to the comic books, are doused in cosmic radiation and take on unique superpowers. Excelsior!
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So Jordan is going to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a role he had been linked to for a while, thanks mostly to his relationship with the "Fantastic Four" director Josh Trank, who he worked with on "Chronicle." Mara will embody Sue Storm, also known as the Invisible Woman, who in "Fantastic Four" canon is Johnny's sister. Not sure how they'll explain this one, but considering it's based on an intergalactic comic book, pretty much anything can happen. Teller will play Reed Richards (or Mr. Fantastic), who in the comic books is married to Sue Storm. And Bell will play Ben Grimm aka The Thing, a giant, hulking rock monster. If you're wondering how the weedy Bell will play The Thing, fear not -- his will be a performance capture role, with a digitized version of the hulking brute added later.
According to The Wrap's report, the only hiccup to this casting could be Teller, who is set to star in the sequel to the upcoming YA adaptation "Divergent." It seems that the sequel, "Insurgent" (really rolls off the tongue, eh?) could be shooting at the same time that Fox wants to put "Fantastic Four" into production. (It's June 19, 2015 release date is looming.)
While this is certainly an impressive cast that they've put together, it will be interesting to see the team dynamic. If you saw last month's forgettable rom com "That Awkward Moment," then you got to at least preview the chemistry between Teller and Jordan (it's pretty great). What made the "Fantastic Four" so great in the comic books (and so lousy in the previous two movies) is the way that the group bickered and fought, like a real family, on their way to save the galaxy from certain doom.