The Fantastic Four Cast
This would definitely rank as one of the top franchises I really wish would just revert their rights back to Marvel Studios. Fox simply does not seem to understand how to craft a solid Fantastic Four film, and who knows maybe this one will be different from Tony Scott's attempt awhile back but any hope I had of that happening has been crushed by the casting choices that have just recently hit the news. This reboot to the franchise will be written by Simon Kinberg, who is also writing the new X-Men films in hopes of connecting the two franchises. It will also be directed by Josh Trank, who came to fame with his found footage hero film which also starred Micheal B. Jordan who was cast as Johnny Storm for the Fantastic Four. There is also a rumor circulating around that as they are getting closer to casting Doctor Doom, there is a possibility that the character will be cast as a woman. That is a bit perplexing as the character has always been a man in the source content. I appreciate that Fox is trying to unite their franchises, but I think everyone at this point would much rather see these characters revert back to Marvel Studios.
Mister Fantastic - Miles Teller
Reed Richards "Mister Fantastic" is the leader of the group and the genius of the group. Most notably, he was a scientific genius who inherited a fortune as well as the base of the Fantastic Four, which is none other the Baxter Building. As far as the casting goes with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment), I do not see him as the genius leader type that is needed in playing the role. He comes off as more of the frat-boy type that is fun at parties and gets along with everyone. It could be purely a business decision as Miles Teller is becoming a name among younger viewers so he could potentially draw in that crowd Maybe this is the role that sets him apart from the usual role that he has been playing and Fox is going against the grain but I just don't personally see it.
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Invisible Woman - Kate Mara
Sue Storm, also known as The Invisible Woman, is not only the most powerful of the group due to her ability to create force fields as well as become invisible but she is also the heart of the group. In more cases then not, she is the main reason why the group stays together and makes them into a family. Her brother is none other then The Human Torch, and she is always romantic with Reed Richards. In the comics the pairing even give birth to one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. As far as the casting goes of Kate Mara in the role, I don't have too big of an issue with it seeing as how she is a very talented actress as anyone could attest to if you have ever seen her work in the Netflix series, House of Cards. However, her in the role of someone that in a lot of ways is the heart of the group is where I see her struggling. She is likable but she usually excels in darker and more complex roles.
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Human Torch - Micheal B. Jordan
Where Reed Richards is the brains, Sue is the heart then I guess you could say Johnny Storm is the charm of the group. Johnny Storm is The Human Torch and is just as hot-headed as his alter-ego. He is also a bit of a ladies man but he is incredibly loyal to his sister Sue. His hot-headed ways usually clash with Ben Grimm/ The Thing, but the two of them also have a deep friendship and will always look out for one another. The casting choice of Micheal B. Jordan will surely be met with a harsh reaction by fans, and I'll admit it is surprising. It is surprising to see them decide to go against the grain where the character through the source content has always been portrayed as a white male with blondish hair similar to that of his sister. As for his actually acting ability, he is obviously incredibly talented due to his work on Fruitvale Station and Chronicle. He has also already worked with the director Josh Trank and recently worked with Miles Teller on That Awkward Moment which makes me wonder if in a way the film casting wise was built around him.
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The Thing - Jamie Bell
Ben Grimm, the Thing, is the most likable character of the group but having said that he is also the most tragic of them all. He got along with everyone before they all got their abilities but he was the most exposed to the cosmic cloud that gave them their abilities. This made him into a rock-like being, dubbed, The Thing. Where everyone else still can be looked at normally, The Thing is not which is where his story arc is so tragic. The comparison can be made to the Hulk, but at least the Hulk can go back to being Bruce Banner, which The Thing can not. The casting of Jamie Bell is actually not horrible. I assume that the part will be done mostly through ways of CGI and most notably motion capture. Bell is familiar with this process as he worked on the film Tintin. His voice somewhat fits with the part, but I have always imagined The Thing to have a deep voice, which Bell does not possess. In fact, I truly believe that Bell would have been a better choice in the role of Reed Richards.
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