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For a massive superhero reboot, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four had one of the quietest shoots in recent memory. Sure a few photos of the stars leaked here and there, and maybe even a glimpse of the Thing, but for the most part nothing has been spoiled by the press or paparazzi during filming. Which, these days, is a rarity.

So it’s exciting when one of the film’s stars, Kate Mara (who plays the Invisible Woman), jumps on Twitter not only to announce the film is finished, but post a photo of herself with her three co-stars: Mr. Fantastic played by Miles Teller, the Human Torch played by Michael B. Jordan and The Thing played by Jamie Bell.

They’re all in street clothes unfortunately, so no reveal of the Fantastic Four costumes just yet, but it’s a great shot none the less. Check out the Fantastic Four cast photo below. Read More »

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Josh Trank Star Wars

The whole backstory of the Star Wars spinoff films is a little nutty. We know there are mysterious spin-off films that’ll be released between the regular saga episodes. At the beginning of the development process, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were announced as the writers. As speculation grew on what those films would entail (Han Solo? Boba Fett? Yoda?), one executive referred to them as origin stories. Then, out of nowhere, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta were hired to write and direct the first spinoff for 2016 release. Star Wars fans wondered what had happened to those other two movies.

Things came slightly more into focus a few months later when Josh Trank (Chronicle) was hired for what’s likely to be the second spin-off movie. At the same time that announcement happened, Trank was in Louisiana directing Fantastic Four, which is written by Simon Kinberg. It seemed likely that these two events could be linked.

When I had the chance to talk to Simon Kinberg about Star Wars, I also asked him about the situation. He obviously couldn’t give even a hint of what the Star Wars spin-offs are about, but he did say he helped push Lucasfilm to hire Trank. He also cryptically teased they would work together again in the future. Read the Simon Kinberg Josh Trank Star Wars quotes below. Read More »

Michael B Jordan

Director Josh Trank and the Fantastic Four have been quietly filming their big Marvel movie in Louisiana for the past few months. I say “quietly” for two reasons. One, we haven’t seen a lot of set photos of the stars in costume or anything. And two, co-star Michael B. Jordan agrees. In a new interview with MTV, the actor talked about filming the movie as being in “our own world.” He also talked about how Trank is changing the movie on the fly and that it’s less about superheroes and more about people learning to live with their disabilities.

As for that quiet, it’s probably going to end next week. The new Entertainment Weekly strongly suggests the full Fantastic Four cast will be at Comic-Con. Below, read the Michael B Jordan Fantastic Four quotes. Read More »

Trank Star Wars short film

Josh Trank is best known for directing the sort-of-superhero film Chronicle — or that’s what he has been best known for. He’s also about to direct The Fantastic Four, and after that will make a Star Wars spin-off film. And so now is a good time to revisit his first short film, Stabbing at Leia’s. As the title implies, there’s a Star Wars connection here.

The short went online in 2007, years before Chronicle. I’ve heard that this film helped Trank land the Chronicle directing gig with Fox, and it’s easy to see why. There are a lot of similar ideas at play here in this short, shaky account of a party fight that features some unearthly technology. Think of the show Cops, but in the Star Wars universe. Watch the short below. Read More »

Josh Trank Star Wars

Another Star Wars director has been revealed. Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle and the now-filming Fantastic Four, has signed to direct a Star Wars standalone film. Read the press release below.
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fantastic four doctor storm

Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot just added a new cast member. Reg E. Cathey, best known for his role as Freddy the rib man on House of Cards and Mayor assistant Norman Wilson on The Wire, has just joined the superhero film as the father of Johnny and Sue Storm, played by Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara. Read More »

FF/X-Men Crossover

It’s been fun trying to guess what director Josh Trank and the rest of the team at Fox have planned for the Fantastic Four reboot. With Simon Kinberg on board as a writer/producer on both the Fantastic Four movie and the X-Men series, it seems inevitable, for example, that the films will connect in some way, at least eventually.

And while we know that this new Fantastic Four film will jump off from the Ultimate series, we don’t know much about how the backtory will weave together elements of the Ultimate and classic story lines. WonderCon wasn’t a place for answers, but in a few interviews Kinberg did give many new hints about the film. Read More »

Doctor Doom sideshow

Now that Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has been set, it’s time to cast the villain. And as in previous Fantastic Four films, that villain will be the evil Doctor Doom. Rumors had been swirling about a female possibly playing the role, but those were squashed. Now The Wrap is reporting Trank and company are down to four actors to potentially play the role. Read their names below. Read More »

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