'Fantastic Four' Shortlist Includes Miles Teller, Saoirse Ronan & More
Though we've heard rumblings of names like Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan being in the mix for the gestating reboot of Fantastic Four at 20th Century Fox, there hasn't really been any confirmation one way or the other. Simon Kinberg was just recently brought on to rewrite the script, so we thought casting might still be a little ways off, but Variety has gotten their hands on the shortlist of names Fox has been lining up for screen tests. Jordan has been confirmed to be the only actor mentioned to play Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, which is interesting, because the actresses who would play his sister Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman, wouldn't seem to match up with the actor genetically if they're supposed to be siblings.
The actresses on a list for Sue Storm include Kate Mara ("House of Cards"), Margot Robbie (from The Wolf of Wall Street, who may not be testing after all) and Saoirse Ronan. This makes us wonder if the reboot from director Josh Trank will make Sue and Johnny Storm adopted siblings instead of brother and sister by blood. It wouldn't really taint the story, and it would make for an interesting dynamic, especially since Jordan would be perfect for the role, but we're just speculating. Of course, it wouldn't make sense to have Jordan on the list if this wasn't the case, so we're betting it's an accurate assumption.
Anyway, the inclusion of Ronan is interesting, because it shows pretty much every blockbuster film in the world wants her in some capacity. Joss Whedon said the character of Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron was crafted with the actress in mind, but she turned down the role, and it went to Elizabeth Olsen. Ronan also reportedly auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, and while the actress recently confirmed that rumor, she did make it a point to say that "everyone" has been auditioning for the sci-fi saga sequel. She did have to pretend to use a lightsaber in her audition though, so there you go.
Meanwhile, the role of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, could still be filled by Miles Teller as he is on the shortlist to test for the role along with Kit Harrington from "Game of Thrones" and Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of an Empire, "Skins"). Teller still seems to be the best choice for the role, and pairing him with Kate Mara seems like the smart choice, but these names likely won't be the only ones testing. No names have been lined up for Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, and it's a shame that Nick Frost is a little too old to get paired up with the rest of the young actors wanted for parts. Who do you want in Fantastic Four?