The Human Torch is a young, cocky, and charismatic superhero who can turn his whole body into flames. Actor Michael B. Jordan is young and can play cocky and charismatic with the best of them. So why are some people so mad director Josh Trank cast him in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four? Simply put, in the comics the Human Torch is white and Michael B. Jordan is black. Some fans don’t want a black Human Torch.
Since the rumors of Jordan’s casting began, his race has been a major topic of discussion. While the actor has commented briefly in the past, that was before he’d officially been announced for the role. That announcement has now taken place and, below, you can watch and listen to him talking about the controversy. Read More »
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The reports of casting for Fox’s new Fantastic Four film, to be directed by Josh Trank, have been plagued by more rumor and speculation than most movies of this type, and to date we don’t have any official confirmation of casting choices. So far, Miles Teller is said to be the choice to play Reed Richards, aka the body-stretching Mr. Fantastic, while Michael B. Jordan has long been linked to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.
Now those casting choices are confirmed, and new reports say that Jamie Bell will play Reed’s buddy and eventual teammate Ben Grimm, who becomes the rock-like Thing. And Kate Mara is now firmly linked to the role of Sue Storm, who acquires powers of invisibility and is, consequently, called the Invisible Woman.
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There’s been lots of talk this week about the behind the scenes happenings with Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four. What’s the movie about? Who is starring? It seems we might find out sooner rather than later.
A new report says Michael B. Jordan is officially attached as Johnny Storm but actors are still testing for the other three lead roles. Emmy Rossum and Kara Mara are screen testing this week for the role of Sue Storm and Miles Teller is still testing for Reed Richards. As for Ben Grimm, Josh Gad isn’t mentioned but Christian Cook (Cemetery Junction, Magic City) has tested. Read More »
Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot has got to be the most mysterious of all the big 2015 releases. Even with a film as secret as Star Wars Episode VII we hear rumblings. Trank’s film, however, which is likely a major part of Fox’s Marvel plans, has a release date and little announced beyond that. Rumors have flown about actors such as Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams being up for Mr. Fantastic, Johnny and Sue Storm respectively, but none are confirmed. Now the biggest member of the team can join the rumor mill, too.
Movies.com reports Josh Gad is the number-one choice for the role of Ben Grimm, aka The Thing.
Update: Trank denies that there’s any truth here, and Gad has weighed in with some jokes as well. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Josh Trank hasn’t revealed much about the plotline of his new Fantastic Four reboot, which means rumor and speculation have had free rein. The latest story making the rounds is that Trank’s film will radically alter the team’s origins, doing away with the whole outer space mission thing and turning Ben and Reed into government weapons.
But it’s not true, according to Trank. The director took to Twitter today to say that the rumored synopsis wasn’t even “anything close” to the truth. Hit the jump to read all about the debunked plotline and Trank’s denials.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
With about a year and a half left until its release, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is making some significant progress. Fox is reportedly planning to test actors for the parts of Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic and Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman by the end of the month, as Simon Kinberg turns in his rewritten script.
Among those in contention for Richards are Miles Teller, who has been fanning the flames of rumor at Sundance, while Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are being eyed for Sue Storm. Hit the jump to see who else might make the cut.
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20th Century Fox shuffled their 2015 deck today, moving major movies from the winter to spring, spring to summer and everything in between. Here’s the rundown.
- Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has moved from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015.
- Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service will now be released March 6, 2015, instead of November 11, 2014.
- Michael Fassbender‘s Assassin’s Creed will be unleashed two months later, moving to August 7, 2015 from June 19, 2015.
- Susan Cooper, Paul Feig‘s next film starring Melissa McCarthy, has been dated May 22, 2015.
- An untitled Vince Vaughn movie, from Delivery Man director Ken Scott, will open October 24, 2014.
Read some analysis below.
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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.
We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »