We've heard very little about that Fantastic Four reboot lately, but all of a sudden that's changing.
Variety reports that a short list of young actors and actresses are heading over to 20th Century Fox to read for the roles of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman.
Among the names mentioned for Mr. Fantastic are Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame, Jack O'Connell (a U.K. actor who will be seen early next year in 300: Rise of an Empire) and Miles Teller, who has won acclaim for playing a high-school drunk in The Spectacular Now.
Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Kate Mara (American Horror Story) and Margot Robbie (who can be seen shortly in the time-travel romance About Time) are apparently being lined up to read for Sue Storm.
What's interesting about all three ladies is that they are Caucasian, while the longtime frontrunner for Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), is African-American, indicating that there could be changes afoot in the team's origin story.
There's no word yet on who might play Ben Grimm/The Thing or who the movie's villain might be, but one thing is clear from this list: The filmmakers are going young for the roles, which likely means that we will in fact see all over again how the Four became Fantastic in the first place.
Chronicle director Josh Trank is still on board for the film, but the script has been through a few different laptops and is now getting spiffed up by screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who has X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past on his resume.
Fox wants to get this show on the road by early 2014 to meet its March 6, 2015, release date, so we expect to hear about some casting confirmations soon. While we wait, do any of those actors seem like they can do justice by Reed and Sue and erase the bad memories of the last two Fantastic Four films?
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