While Marvel Studios took the nerd-world by storm Tuesday night with the premiere of the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Fox clearly wasn’t about to let fans get through the week without their own brand of superhero news. Their Fantastic Four reboot now appears to have its cast, and it’s one that is definitely going to get the comics world talking.
Chronicle helmer Josh Trank is directing the film from a script that has most recently been polished by X-Men: Days of Future Past scribe Simon Kinberg, and it has been pretty clear from the first announcement of the film that Trank had planned on taking this reboot in an entirely different direction. It’s expected to be an adaptation of Mark Millar’s recent run on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic, which follows the “first family of comics” as young adults. It is with this in mind that we get to the cast.
First up is Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) as Reed Richards AKA Mister Fantastic, with Kate Mara (House of Cards) set as the eye of his affection Sue Storm AKA The Invisible Woman. Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) has long been attached to the film as Sue’s brother Johnny AKA The Human Torch, while British actor Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) rounds out the superhero group as Ben Grimm AKA The Thing.
While much has been made over the fact that Jordan is an African-American and is supposed to be playing the brother of the caucasian Mara, I don’t really understand why this is even a problem amongst the fanboys. While the fear that they won’t actually be brother-sister is certainly understandable, I don’t see Trank taking it that far. Having them be the product of an interracial marriage seems easy enough, and with them both being terrific actors that should really be all the matters.
Teller is another actor on the rise and while he may mostly be visible to mainstream audiences as his sarcastic self in Hollywood comedies, he has been doing great dramatic work on the indies for the past few years as well. I think he’ll knock this one out of the park.
And then there’s perhaps the most surprising casting, Jamie Bell as the ever-lovin’ Thing. While a number of fans thought Michael Chiklis as The Thing was one of the lone bright-spots in Fox’s previous Fantastic Four adaptations, I admire them going in a completely different direction for this one. Bell is a talented actor who I think is well-suited to capture the inherent likability of the rock-clad monster.
While many comic-book fans long for an adaptation of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby’s classic original run on The Fantastic Four back in the 1960s, I personally long for a day when fanboys won’t flip out over every new tidbit of superhero casting news. I look forward to The Fantastic Four hitting theaters come June 19th, 2015 because I fully expect Trank and his young cast to prove ’em all wrong.