Most sci-fi fans were relatively psyched when Josh Trank, fresh off his indie hit Chronicle, Â signed on to reboot Fantastic Four. But a lot of that goodwill changed once the cast list was announced.
Turns out it wasnât just the fans who had a few problems with the cast Trank assembled to play the younger version of Marvelâs First Family. Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the adaptation, opened up to MTV about the challenges Trank had selling the studio on his unique vision for the franchise.
Check out an excerpt from Tellerâs comments below:
âI think itâs great. It is a big thing. Youâre changing the race of a character. Itâs like, âWhy couldnât the Human Torch be black?â It took a lot of convincing. For me with Reed Richards, I know Josh really had to [pull for me]. Josh did for all of the characters. For Jamie, he really vouched for [him]. For Mike, he was like, âThis is my guyâ from the bat. He was very specific on who he wanted to play these characters. I was his guy for it â¦ I think people are really going to dig what [Toby Kebbell] did with [Doctor Doom]. Heâs just a good actor.â
Trank started off by hiring his Chronicle collaborator Michael B. Jordan to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, which irked some fans by changing the race of the character (we actually think itâs a pretty cool move). Then he rounded out the team with Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as the Thing, Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman and Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom.Â
In a world of leaks and rumors, Trank has done an almost unbelievable job of keeping this movie entirely under wraps. Seriously, we have absolutely no clue what heâs cooking up. But the fact that the studio was also worried about the casting isnât a great sign.
Likely this movie could go one of two ways. One: Trank is a genius, we were all wrong, and he makes one heck of an awesome Fantastic Four movie. Fingers crossed for that one. Two: This thing turns out a self-indulgent spiritual sequel to Chronicle that is missing all the things we love about Fantastic Four. Hopefully itâs not the second option.
So, how do you think the film will turn out? Does Trank know something we donât know with those casting moves?
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