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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.

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Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists

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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 »

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Considering the film has a March 2015 release date, things on the Fantastic Four front have been quiet. Apparently, a bit too quiet. 20th Century Fox has brought on Simon Kinberg to “substantially overhaul” the script on the Marvel adaptation, which will be directed by Josh Trank.

Kinberg has been part of Fox’s Marvel Universe for a while. He wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and produced X-Men First Class. On those last two films, Kinberg also worked extensively with Matthew Vaughn, who is producing Fantastic Four. Outside of Fox, he’s a co-producer on Star Wars Episode VII and is writing a Star Wars spinoff. Read More »

Miles Teller

[UPDATE: Director Josh Trank has addressed the rumors on Twitter. Original story follows.]

The Sundance Film Festival is always good for a couple of breakout stars, and this year one who caught a lot of positive buzz was Miles Teller. Though the 26-year-old actor got his first big break in 2010 with Rabbit Hole, it was his mesmerizing performance in The Spectacular Now that cemented his status as the Next Big Thing.

Which means, naturally, that it’s about time for him to land a major tentpole franchise of his own. Teller is reportedly one of the names in contention for Fantastic Four, Josh Trank‘s reboot of the original Marvel superhero family. Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were previously rumored for other parts. Hit the jump to find out whom Teller might be playing.

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Briefly: Louisiana state tax breaks continue to make the state a hotbed for film production. Ender’s Game, Now You See Me, Maze Runner and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are just a few recent films to shoot in the state and now the Marvel universe is heading down there. The Wrap has learned Josh Trank‘s 2015 release Fantastic Four has decided to movie its production from Vancouver, BC to the southern state.

20th Century Fox has yet to reveal any cast, but that should happen soon as filming is rumored to start in the Fall.

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Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four hasn’t announced any stars just yet, but we got some tantalizing hints a couple weeks back when Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were rumored for major roles. The reports got a lot of buzz, most of it good — but predictably, there were a few folks unhappy with the fact that Jordan is black, whereas Johnny Storm has traditionally been portrayed as white.

While Jordan won’t confirm his casting right now, he was happy to address some of the negative feedback he’s gotten. Put simply, he doesn’t see why his race should be a problem: “It’s 2013.” Hit the jump to read the rest of his comments.

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Let’s be real: Superhero movies have historically tended to be lily-white affairs. Sure, there’s the occasional Nick Fury or Storm or War Machine, but the vast majority of leading heroes have been Caucasian. If a new casting rumor is to be believed, though, Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four could be an exciting exception.

Trank is reportedly considering his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, a traditionally white character who was played by Chris Evans in earlier films. Combined with whispers from earlier this week that Allison Williams could play Sue Storm, it looks like casting on the movie is starting to heat up. More information after the jump.

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The brain behind last year’s surprise hit Chronicle wants to set the record straight about its sequel. Max Landis, who wrote the found-footage superhero movie, sincerely believes Chronicle 2 will get made. He’s even got a script completed that the studio likes; one that is decidely darker than the first film. That’s a bit of an issue, as is the fact that director Josh Trank is about to start making 2015′s Fantastic Four reboot. All of that adds up to a film that will happen at some point, but just not yet, and is, Landis says, certainly not in any trouble.

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