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The last significant piece of the new Fantastic Four puzzle is set. The character Victor von Doom, more commonly known by his only slightly more evil-sounding name Doctor Doom, will be played by Toby Kebbell. Deals are being finalized, but assuming everything goes according to plan, he’ll join Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell in the film. Read More »

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Briefly: Here’s the best way for Michael B. Jordan to confirm, finally, that he is taking the role of Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four: a message that just says “Flame On!” complete with a close-up of the classic ’4′ chest emblem.

Casting Jordan is just a great idea. He’s an excellent actor, and has the chops to stand up to the equally talented Miles Teller, who is nearly set to appear as Reed Richards. Director Josh Trank, screenwriters Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, and the producers behind the film seem to be ready to take chances and do the unexpected as they leap off from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics line (which features a very different story from the classic ’60s origin), and I’m excited to see what they come up with. Read More »

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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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The Roger Corman-produced version of The Fantastic Four, from 1994, is like an optical illusion. Every time I try to watch the thing, I get about five minutes in before my eyes and brain resolutely decide to look at anything else. The term “unwatchable” gets thrown around a fair bit, but Corman’s Fantastic Four is a great candidate to define the term.

With a wave of superhero movies in full swing, two studio-made Fantastic Four movies behind us and a new one slated to shoot in March, it is inevitable that people will go back to Corman’s movie. It was never officially released, but the enterprising viewer can easily find it online. Now there’s also a documentary, called Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s ‘The Fantastic Four’. A trailer has hit, and you can have a look below. Read More »

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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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Allison Williams

With a spring 2015 date already locked in, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot should be thinking about casting in the nearish future. And while no one’s locked in yet, one name has just leaked from the shortlist of potential leads. Girls actress Allison Williams is reportedly being eyed, presumably for the role of Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman.

Whether or not Williams books that high-profile part, she’s poised to make the leap into features soon. Williams has entered talks to play the title role in Rosaline, a contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet. More on both films after the jump.

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Briefly: What’s really going on with Marvel and Fox? It was wild to hear earlier today that Marvel Studios and Fox are looking to do a little horse trading, with Marvel giving Fox more time to make a new Daredevil movie before the rights go back to Marvel this October. The deal would be that Marvel gets a couple characters Fox holds the rights to: Galactus and the Silver Surfer. But now we’re into the re-spin mode, with Fox saying there’s no chance of giving up Galactus. After all, he’s a key part of the Fantastic Four character stable. With Fox just about to make a new FF movie, it seemed weird that the studio would give away such a huge character in the first place.

And so Deadline reports talk from “studio insiders” that say Fox is actually looking at letting Daredevil go back to Marvel. Sure, the studio has a reportedly great script in hand with a ’70s thriller / classic Frank Miller vibe and Joe Carnahan (The Grey) in talks to direct. Looking at the recent Fox lineup, however, the success the studio has had with films like X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes point to the studio being a lot more interested in Fantastic Four than Daredevil. A ’70s thriller vigilante hero movie isn’t the sort of thing Fox seems interested in now.

What Fox reportedly is interested in is either co-financing Daredevil with Marvel and Disney, or just letting the character go. This one is developing, and we’ll have more soon. Don’t get to set on any one outcome until we know there’s a real deal in place.

Even before Chronicle became a hit for Fox, rumors proliferated that the studio was looking to director Josh Trank to reboot The Fantastic Four. Trank denied knowing anything about it, and has mostly brushed aside questions of his involvement with the stalled superhero team in the months since.

But at CinemaCon, Fox CEO Tom Rothman said that Trank is indeed developing a new take on the Fantastic Four. Whether or not he’ll direct the film, however, is still open to question. Read More »

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