Jamie Bell and Kate Mara Joining Jordan & Teller as the 'Fantastic Four'
After rumors have swirled for months, we finally have the official cast line-up for Josh Trank's reboot of the Marvel superhero team Fantastic Four. Just as we heard previously, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are being lined up for the roles of Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), and now Kate Mara ("House of Cards") and Jamie Bell (King Kong) are in talks to play Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) and Ben Grimm (The Thing). However, the deals are not yet finalized, and there are some pieces that might not perfectly fall into place before production officially begins. Read on!
As of now, The Wrap says Bell is said to be in "heavy discussions" to play The Thing, which is surprising since he's never been connected to the role at all. This makes us wonder if The Thing will be done with motion capture this time due to Bell's experience in The Adventures of Tintin. Meanwhile, Mara is in final negotiations to play Sue Storm, which means there will be a different story detail than normal because she's supposed to be the sister of Johnny Storm, played by Michael B. Jordan. It can easily be explained by adoption or a single parent in common, but it's certainly different.
However, right now one of the big holdouts is Miles Teller. The actor already has a deal in place to reprise his role as Peter in Divergent for the developing sequel Insurgent, which is planned to start production in Louisiana at the same time Fantastic Four would need to be shooting. Apparently his scheduling is trying to be sorted out with Summit Entertainment, but if it doesn't work, they might have to switch him out. The Wrap says the chemistry of the team is important, and there's a chance that the casting of The Thing specifically might change if Teller doesn't close a deal, but they have another source who says that's not true.
Anyway, this is definitely a young cast to bring Fantastic Four to life again, so it will likely change the dynamic of the story a bit. We already know Jordan and Teller are great together because of That Awkward Moment (they're reteaming with the film's director for a heist film at Warner Bros.) and it sounds like they would well with Mara and Bell if they're the final choices for Trank's quartet. Now we wait and see if this all officially comes together or if some of the team will have to be swapped out. Stay tuned for anymore updates. Fox sends the film to theaters on June 15, 2015. Do you like the Fantastic Four cast?