The Fantastic Four Movie Reboot Unveils Its Cast

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The Fantastic Four Movie Reboot Unveils Its Cast

20th Century Fox has revealed the cast for its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

The last time that a Fantastic Four movie graced the big screen, Barry Bonds was still hitting steroid-fueled home runs and the original iPhone had just been released. But the folks at 20th Century Fox are finally rebooting the turquoise super team, and today the cast was officially unveiled.

Unlike the previous versions, which included big names like Michael Chiklis and Jessica Alba, the reboot's cast is made up of actors whose names might not be immediately recognizable but their faces will be familiar. Kate Mara, who will play The Invisible Woman, is probably the biggest celebrity on the team. If you recently finished binging on House of Cards, you're familiar with Mara's portrayal of Zoe Barnes.

Miles Teller, on the other hand, is probably the least familiar actor on the list. You may have seen him in 2011's Footloose reboot or last year's 21 & Over, but once he puts on Mr. Fantastic's blue spandex, all the nerdy ladies will swoon.

The Thing will be played by Jamie Bell whose resume includes blockbusters like Billy Elliot and King Kong. Plus, he recently had the lead in Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin.

The most interesting casting decision, however, was leaked several months ago; Michael B. Jordan will play The Human Torch. Jordan, who had major roles in Friday Night Lights and The Wire, is actually one of my favorite upcoming actors, so I was happy to see him score the part. But the fact that he's black has ruffled the feathers of some comic book purists.

But lets not forget that The Fantastic Four was created in 1961, a time when black characters weren't exactly common. And these films have their own unique mythology, so a little cultural diversity shouldn't be scary. Plus, it opens the door for Donald Glover to play Spider-Man, which would make the internet happy.

Source:Variety

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So... another soulless movie in order to milk the franchise and keep the rights.

R.I.P creativity. More grey-matter-fresh-off-the-conveyor-belt Hollywood remake garbage made solely to keep licensing rights.

I think having a black Mr. Fantastic would have been much more interesting. Though I am still in the camp that if they make the Human Torch black then the Invisibly Woman should also be black. They are siblings after all. No sense complaining now though. Casting is done so here is to hoping this movie is fantastic.

Putting the race thing aside because it's already been discussed to death, the thing that really gets my goat about this casting is that fact that Reed Richards is WAY TOO YOUNG.

Seriously, Richards is supposed to be an experienced, middle aged scientist, not a baby-faced twenty-something. I hate Hollywood's obsession with making all their heroes young and pretty. This shouldn't bug me so much, but Mr. Fantastic is my favorite FF member and it pains me to see this.

Eliwood10:
Putting the race thing aside because it's already been discussed to death, the thing that really gets my goat about this casting is that fact that Reed Richards is WAY TOO YOUNG.

Seriously, Richards is supposed to be an experienced, middle aged scientist, not a baby-faced twenty-something. I hate Hollywood's obsession with making all their heroes young and pretty. This shouldn't bug me so much, but Mr. Fantastic is my favorite FF member and it pains me to see this.

It would have been awesome to see an older and wiser Mr. Fantastic. I am in complete agreement with you. Young blood is good and all, but sometimes you need someone with a few year on em.

Randomosity:
I think having a black Mr. Fantastic would have been much more interesting. Though I am still in the camp that if they make the Human Torch black then the Invisibly Woman should also be black. They are siblings after all. No sense complaining now though. Casting is done so here is to hoping this movie is fantastic.

This is my only issue too. The family dynamic really defines the fantastic four. I hope this doesn't mean they'll lose that though maybe they could be adopted siblings? I really could care less about the race but the relationships are really important with this franchise. It would be a mistake to ignore that.

Mr Fantastic looks way too young to be Mr Fantastic.

Why...such a young cast...?

Another reboot? So soon? Christ, its sad to say this, but I hope the comic book-movie craze dies out soon before its bled completely dry.

Also.....I know I know, obvious stuff. But I wonder how many people will kick off over a black Human Torch? Anyone remember what happened with Idris Elba being (briliantly) cast as Heimdall?

I don't know a lot about genetics, but I suppose it is possible that if the mother is black and the father is white (or vice versa) that one child could be born black and the other could be born white. Or, is that not actually possible? I ask because I genuinely do not know.

Goddamn it Fox, just give the rights back to Marvel, rather than churning out shit just to keep the license. I'll also direct that particular sentiment at Sony...

wooty:
Another reboot? So soon? Christ, its sad to say this, but I hope the comic book-movie craze dies out soon before its bled completely dry.

Also.....I know I know, obvious stuff. But I wonder how many people will kick off over a black Human Torch? Anyone remember what happened with Idris Elba being (briliantly) cast as Heimdall?

It'll have been eight years since Rise of the Silver Surfer and ten years since the one before that. Considering those movies were pretty terrible and the comic series is pretty well liked, I'd say that's more than enough time to give it another go.

Honestly it looks like Jamie Bell would be a better fit for Mr Fantastic than Teller.

I guess its not hard to tell that Fox really isn't trying.

If "The Human Torch is black" is the worst part of the movie, then we are truly blessed.

Ignatz_Zwakh:
Why...such a young cast...?

Chances are they want it to appeal to 'da yoof' so that kids want to buy lots of merchandise.

The Thing will be played by Jamie Bell whose resume includes blockbusters like Billy Elliot and King Kong. Plus, he recently had the lead in Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin.

Am I the only person who thought James McAvoy was Tintin?

Buccura:
I don't know a lot about genetics, but I suppose it is possible that if the mother is black and the father is white (or vice versa) that one child could be born black and the other could be born white. Or, is that not actually possible? I ask because I genuinely do not know.

They could be half-siblings which would be a very simple way to have them related but different races.

so that's how this is going to go down? the people who dislike a random change the character for no good reason that creates the problem of "how are these two related" those people are the Ahole racists? ok sure, lets go with that, fine but if i'm a racists for simply pointing out this makes no sense the i'm gonna go ahead and say whatever I want about it. here goes, a white guy would be better at it than a black guy. there, now feel free to flame and hate.

I mean ultimately I suppose it doesn't matter the movie is going to SUCK big time anyway, I mean this is the same studio that did the first two stink bombs and of course the ever worsening cimenatic abortions that are the x-men movies. but they could at least try and get the casting right. this train of thought only works in Hollywood where you make a major change to a character and when people ask why would you do that the response is "why can't he be black? are you saying you have a problem with black people?" no I have no problem with black people my gf is black. but saying i'm a racist doesn't answer the question of "why?". I know we got diversity standards to meet and all white people are the devil but this honky would still like an answer to why?

I find it odd that they didn't cast a black woman as Sue Storm when they decided to cast a black man as Johnny. I will be interested to see how that affects the plot, if they will be adopted siblings or half siblings, etc.

I don't like that they went with teenagers, I think they should have been closer to their ages (though even then Mr. Fantastic was a bit young)

Goddammit Hollywood. Stop this blackwashing of characters just to get your black actors in. A black actor as Heimdall in Thor portraying a NORSE GOD was bad enough.
Everyone was losing their shit because of Shiamialalalan's white casting choices for Avatar, but we're supposed to think it's okay if it happens the other way around?

The MAJOR issue with this casting: Torchie is supposed to the brother of the Invisible Woman, not the "brother". So I guess they're going to break the family connection, or is Kate Mara supposed to pass as half-black?
Why not cast a black actor as Ben Grimm/The Thing instead? He has no family relation to the other characters. Heck they could also have made Mr Fantastic black instead, but no they chose to mess with half of a sibling pair.

Age not race is the problem I have with this cast. I am curious to see how the Storm family dynamic plays out with the introduction of adoption/step parents. Recognition of different familiar bonds could be nice to see, if it works.

What MovieBob noticed, and missing here, is that this reboot is using ULTIMATE Fantastic Four, in which they are young and sexy.

I can't wait for Movie Blob to jump on this and tell us what horrible people we are for not immediately jumping on and accepting the token black guy who is playing Johnny Storm. I especially can't wait until we get exposition saying that Johnny Storm was adopted or some shit like that, good casting choice.

Buccura:
I don't know a lot about genetics, but I suppose it is possible that if the mother is black and the father is white (or vice versa) that one child could be born black and the other could be born white. Or, is that not actually possible? I ask because I genuinely do not know.

MENDEL TO THE RESCUE!!!!!
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while its more likely that a black woman and a white man will produce only black/mocca children, it is still possible that they may have one black and one white child.

its also possible that they have white and black twins.
see:
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/24/twins-black-white
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they casted a black dude as the human torch because black people are funny. and i fear this will be the only thing in favor of his character.
a black mister fantastic, that is also older, would had been way interesting and cooler.

but you know hollywood.
black people are either funny, scary or opressed.

at least lets hope he is not the token black character i.e. the only one in this movie.

Waitwaitwait...

Aren't The Human Torch and The Invisible Woman siblings? There really should be a decent explanation in the movie for... uh... y'know.

Kate Mara is what, 30? So she'll actually be older than Alba was as Sue Storm. Ioan Gruffudd was only 4 years older than Miles Teller is now when the first Fantastic Four was released. Age complaints are therefore probably a little overblown, especially if it's the Ultimate version of the team.

Black Human Torch? Sounds cool, adoption is a thing (if it is Johnny Storm). A black Mr Fantastic would have been more out there (even if we would all be lamenting that Idris Elba wasn't cast for the role), but in general I'm quite happy with a more diverse team. Not too sure about Jamie Bell as The Thing, in fact his casting is my only real concern because I don't think he has much on-screen presence.

So yeah, sign me up.

*Note, I'm one of the few not utterly outraged by the recent casting of Lex Luthor.

No problem here with Jordan playing Torch, so long as they keep the sibling relationship between Johnny and Sue. Characters are mutable, and change shouldn't be shunned. If Peter Dinklage can play Bolivar Trask and it fits into the story, then I have no doubt they can make the Torch as a black man work.

A small part of me wants to see this movie bomb so hard Fox has to give the franchise back to Marvel, but most of me just wants to see a good movie.

Does anyone else want to see Micheal Jordan as Mr. Fantastic? I haven't seen any of his acting but he looks to be more suited to it than the two interchangeable white guys.

... I don't need to mention the race thing, right? Right. Moving on...

They're way too young. Reed, in particular, looks way too young.

I can't wait to see who they cast as Dr. Doom, his former college buddy...
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You can absolutely tell this is a "we gotta make a film to keep the rights" thing.

Which wouldn't be the first time they've done that with the Fantastic Four...
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The greater tragedy is this keeps Dr. Doom away from The Avengers for the indefinite future, and we certainly won't be seeing Silver Surfer, the Skrulls, or Galactus showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy any time soon.

Geez, Fox. Even when you're NOT involved in something, you're still screwing it up. That takes talent.

Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan are both in a current movie together that's probably still being shown in theaters. "That Awkward Moment" if you're curious. Fair movie with a pretty typical story. Pretty funny though, and I did like these two actors in it so I'm looking forward to it.

Josh Engen:

But lets not forget that The Fantastic Four was created in 1961, a time when black characters weren't exactly common. And these films have their own unique mythology, so a little cultural diversity shouldn't be scary.

Or, you know...instead of relying on lazy writing, writers could come up with new characters that are Black. But maybe that's asking to much for people to actually do some work and actually create a new character instead of changing the race of a already established character.

Better yet, why not focus the spotlight on already established Black characters like Spawn?

If you want a black guy in there, get Morgan Freeman as mr fantastic. He can pull it off and satisfy any political correctness / need to rebell buy using a black cast member.

Also if Johnny and Sue are family, they should either be both white or both black. One white and one black aint gonna work. Yes it is possible for a couple to have white and black kids, but there needs to be black grandparents for that to happen. The more black family the less likely it is to have children with two different skin tones.

Longstreet:
Also if Johnny and Sue are family, they should either be both white or both black. One white and one black aint gonna work. Yes it is possible for a couple to have white and black kids, but there needs to be black grandparents for that to happen. The more black family the less likely it is to have children with two different skin tones.

It might actually make the reboot feel a little more "current" if they were step-brother and step-sister rather than blood siblings. Families with children from previous marriages have become far more common since the comics were originally devised.

#justathought

Why not asian cast? There's more asians in the world than black but it seems americans are obssessed with black people. And is just don't make sense with a black human torch and a white invisible woman. Makes more sense if mr.fantastic or the thing was black if they really want someone black in the movie.

I don't mind Johnny Storm being played by a black actor. It offers a new wrinkle on the story plus it another opportunity for African/American actors to work on a project that isn't another Tyler Perry movie. But the whole casting feels too young IMO. Then again, word is that this will be based on the Ultimate Marvel version of the Fantastic Four; a series where its only high point was that it introduced the Marvel Zombies Universe and even that undead cash cow got milked so quickly that its utters fell off.

Overall, I'm not feeling very thrilled about this project; at least not right now. Unless a trailer comes along to prove otherwise, there's nothing here to get me excited. I'd like this to be good but, given that Fox is merely doing this to keep the rights from going back to Marvel, I'm not gonna hold my breath.

erbkaiser:
Goddammit Hollywood. Stop this blackwashing of characters just to get your black actors in. Heimdall and Hogun in Thor portraying NORSE GODS were bad enough.

To be fair to Idris Elba, I really can't think of anyone else who could have done Heimdall that well.

The MAJOR issue with this casting: Torchie is supposed to the brother of the Invisible Woman, not the "brother". So I guess they're going to break the family connection, or is Kate Mara supposed to pass as half-black?
Why not cast a black actor as Ben Grimm/The Thing instead? He has no family relation to the other characters. Heck they could also have made Mr Fantastic black instead, but no they chose to mess with half of a sibling pair.

This is my big issue. As someone above pointed out, it seems that their Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic should swap places. I can be fine with retconned ethnicities, but if they aren't even going to try and match siblings I don't have much hope for them keeping the rest of the film connected.
And if they're going to try and pass off adopted siblings (which could be okay), it's just going into a recurring not-funny-the-first-time gag of "No man, I'm adopted!"

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