‘Fantastic Four’: Actors and Actresses Lining Up for Roles

Fantastic Four Hopefulls Actors

Kit Harington and Saoirse Ronan among thesps expected to test for Reed Richards and Sue Storm

With Simon Kinberg brought on to do a polish on the script, Fox is now preparing to test a handful of thesps for the roles of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, and Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Girl, in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot.

Sources tell Variety that Kit Harington, Jack O’Connell and Miles Teller are in line to get test offers to read for the role of Richards while Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara and Margot Robbie (sources now saying Robbie will not be testing) are being tested for Storm. Michael B. Jordan is the only actor currently being mentioned as a possibility to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, but that could change.

“Chronicle” helmer Josh Trank is on board to direct, hoping to do for “Fantastic Four” what Fox recently did with the “X-Men” franchise — reinvigorate the series with a group of younger, rising stars and build the films around them.

The studio still needs a script before giving an official greenlight, but Kinberg is not expected to do a full rewrite, giving the studio time to begin working out test offers and check on availabilities of the thesps to make sure they can make the dates.

O’Connell is the one whose schedule may cause a conflict, since he is about to go into production on “Unbroken,” the Angelina Jolie-helmed biopic whose lensing may overlap with “The Fantastic Four” production, which Fox would like to get going in the first quarter of 2014.

No names have yet been mentioned for the role of the villain or Ben Grimm, aka the Thing. Kinberg, Gregory Goodman and Matthew Vaughn are producing the pic.

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  1. michael says:

    Respectfully, first know your comic book history, Fantastic Four was the first major Marvel comic and it has always been considered the jewel of Marvel (though some could say Spider-Man). X-Men was popular in the 60s, but stopping selling and was discontinued and brought back in the 80s when it became very popular indeed. But historically, it has not been the face of Marvel.

    Now, as I said before, I believe that movies need to reflect the comic book, just like a movie made from a book shouldn’t take many liberties with what the characters look like or the story.

    One thing that made the FF such a smart comic is that the characters are scientists, and they are true adults. Johnny Storm is young, but his sister and Mr. Fantastic are mature adults with children (eventually in the comics). So those playing the parts need to reflect that, they can’t be the latest good looking young star.

    Anyway, I just hope that they don’t make it campy and actually try to make a good film.

  2. dmlwel11 says:

    Saiorse Ronan 100% did any of you see Hanna? dear god she is a natural action star!

  3. Loved the raw look of Chronicle–as with X Men First Class, that “realistic” look really improves upon the typical superhero high gloss sheen, adds gravitas to what can otherwise be silly.

    Look: it all comes down to the script. If they have a smart script, the movie CAN be good. If they don’t, it can’t, no matter what else you do.

  4. Michael Joseph says:

    The Fantastic Fourteen-Year-Olds

  5. Joe Penn says:

    Uh she’s called “Invisible Woman”. Google it.

  6. Steve says:

    I would cast January Jones as Sue Storm. Update it a little, but Betty Draper is a dead ringer for the Jack Kirby version of Sue Storm.

  7. michael says:

    The main problem is that there has yet to be a good Fantastic Four movie. It needs a reboot, but it basically needs to be done right, with the right actors. Younger actors are not the answer as the characters are not necessarily young, except for the Human Torch. FF4 has traditionally been considered one of, if not the best, of the Marvel comics. Much more revered than X-Men, Iron Man, Avengers, even Thor an dCaptain America. But no one has been able to bring the comic book to film properly.

    Although the first movie of the last reincarnation in film was not horrible, Jessica Alba as Sue Richards was ridiculous, and the actor who played Mr. Fantastic was also not a good choice. The Human Torch was dead on and Ben Grimm was not bad. But getting the rights actors is key, as is writing an interesting story. How amazing would it be the right FF4 movie with the Inhumans or with Galactus? As with the Iron Man movies, you need a fan of the comic book to make the movie, someone who has been a fan and knows that what the fans want is a movie as close to the comic book as possible in story style and the look of the actors, at least for the first film of the franchise. What they did with X-Men the last time around was really well done, but the original X-Men movies were also excellent in their own right. You need to start with a great FF4 movie. It needs a smart movie, as the comic book was. The comic book franchise deserves that.

    • Steve says:

      You make great, but debatable, points with a longwinded and contradictory style.

      • Yeah some very debatable points there (X-Men has long been the jewel of the comic book world) But yes, the Fantastic 4 films were both poor, with Evans & Chiklis being the only things they got right at all.

        They have to cast the thing properly age isn’t a massive concern (Like Marvel Fox could go the route of mixing ultimate Marvel & Classic Marvel; when you consider that you hope to make maybe 5-7 films you need a cast that won’t get too old as it moves along.

        I’m not too concerned about colour changes; we all know that Marvel did a good job of getting diversity into their comics, at a time when it was both a volatile concept and a big financial risk. (Printers changed the colour of a character back t white, because they assumed him being black was a mistake (In Sgt. Fury’s Howling commandos I believe)). Black Panther was the first mainstream black Super hero after all.But there is little doubt that if the golden creative age of Marvel had been at a time when the colour, and sex / sexuality of your characters was not a concern, then there would simply be many more non-white, non-male LEAD characters. So sure change the race of a character here or there to “redress the balance” but you must do it logically. Iff Sue is White, Johnny is White, and that is that. (The terrible dye jobs they put on the miscast Jessica Alba, made no sense when they didn’t dye Chis Evans’ hair to match hers. Have them both be black, or Chinese or mixed race,or keep them white, just don’t go for some adopted crap. Although, if they have one black parent and one white aren’t they could be different colours as a simple biology lesson will confirm. There are plenty of siblings with parents of different races who are different colours. (I even have that in my own family.

        As for the Inhumans, it is very difficult to know exactly what all of the options are with Marvel’s “leasing” of characters to certain companies (How many of us were shocked to hear that Sub Mariner is in fact a character that Universal still hold the film rights too the other month?) but I think The Inhumans, with their Kree Heritage, are actually at Marvel Studios; not tie to Fox with The Fantastic Four.

        But hey Wolverine is with X-Men, not Hulk where he first appeared; Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch are at both Marvel Studios, as Avengers,, but not Mutants AND Fox with X-Men and definitely mutants.

  8. CRose says:

    How much would the American public like to see new faces especially in the female young leading actress roles?? Everywhere I turn, I hear complaint after complaint about the lack of exciting young lead actresses!! We love Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, but they are going to go stale if they appear in every film made.

  9. Orchestral Maneouvres in the Lite says:

    Why don’t they try Amanda Seyfried as Sue Storm and Gilbert Gottfried as Mr. Fantastic!

  10. JL says:

    Lindsey Haun

  11. Steve says:

    Michael B. Jordan is fine as Johnny Storm, but they should pair him with a black actress as Sue Storm (not to be confused with the X-Men character from Africa named Storm). Playing a bi-racial siblings simply for one “He’s adopted. > No, she’s adopted” joke? That is weak sauce.

  12. taragatcha says:

    The only problem I see with all these actors is: Choosing one actor of a certain age will dictate who gets cast in the remaining spots. If Michael B Jordan is Johnny Storm, how would Jack O’Connell be his elder?

  13. Maul says:

    What about Star Wars and Saoirse Ronan ?

  14. Claude says:

    Callan McAuliffe is in talks to play Johnny Storm, I have to say that sounds much better Jordan

  15. Alex says:

    I for one would love if Michael B. Jordan was given the opportunity to play Johnny. Make it happen.

  16. lotrfan says:

    Johnny Storm is a white character and should be played by a white actor.

    • tee says:

      He could have been adopted, or had a different father. From my understanding, even the comic books have changed the characters’ back stories over the years to modernize the series.

    • over_it says:

      “Johnny storm is a white character and should be played by a white character.”
      Really? That’s all you got?
      What about all the African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans, etc. character that white actors played? What about 90%+ of all characters in movies & TV played white characters?
      And your analysis is it’s a white character & should be played by a white character…pitiful.

      • Damon says:

        So a black actor should have the role of a character that was always made white for diversity purposes? Just… no. He’s suppose to be the brother of Sue, as well. And casting Michael when it seems like the actresses up for Sue are all white, makes no sense.

      • michael says:

        Johnny Storm is an iconic white character and should be played by a white actor. ‘Nuff said.

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