Fantastic Four star on casting backlash with the studio: 'It took a lot of convincing’

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Oct 2, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT (Updated)

Most sci-fi fans were relatively psyched when Josh Trank, fresh off his indie hit Chronicle,  signed on to reboot Fantastic Four. But a lot of that goodwill changed once the cast list was announced.

Turns out it wasn’t just the fans who had a few problems with the cast Trank assembled to play the younger version of Marvel’s 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 Teller’s comments below:

“I think it’s great. It is a big thing. You’re changing the race of a character. It’s like, ‘Why couldn’t the Human Torch be black?’ 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, ‘This is my guy’ from the bat. He was very specific on who he wanted to play these characters. I was his guy for it … I think people are really going to dig what [Toby Kebbell] did with [Doctor Doom]. He’s just a good actor.”

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 it’s 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. 

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 he’s cooking up. But the fact that the studio was also worried about the casting isn’t 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 it’s not the second option.

So, how do you think the film will turn out? Does Trank know something we don’t know with those casting moves?

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(Via MTV)

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