Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell are in final negotiations to star in the Fantastic Four reboot, according to multiple reports. While Jordan, 27, has long been attached to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Mara, 30, and Teller, 27, tested for the roles of Sue Storm/Invisible Girl and Dr. Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic in November. News of Bell’s casting comes as a bit of a surprise, however. The 27-year-old actor has been offered the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.
The movie has been in development since 2009 and will be based on based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic. Josh Trank will direct, and Simon Kinberg was hired to polish the script in November.
The Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.
Jordan and Teller recently worked together on That Awkward Moment, costarring Zac Efron. Jordan previously appeared in Trank’s 2012 directorial debut, Chronicle. Mara, meanwhile, currently in Season 2 of Netflix’s House of Cards. Bell next appears in the movie Nymphomaniac and the TV show Turn.
Fox’s first installment of the Fantastic Four franchise consisted of two movies, released in 2005 and 2007. Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd played the Marvel Comics heroes.
According to Evans, who now plays Captain America, Fantastic Four was his favorite film to shoot. “It was one of the first times I had done a movie on that scale, so there were a lot of new things I was learning,” he told Spreecast in August 2013. “I was learning so much just about big budget movies and special effects. I got to be a superhero, which was fun. Cast was great. It was just the first time it felt like a real big production. It kind of felt like summer camp. It was just a lot of fun. I loved playing that character.”
Alba echoed her former costar’s sentiments during an August 2012 Larry King Now interview. “It was really fun!” she said. “It was so fun to play a superhero. Who doesn’t want to go save the world?”
by Zach Johnson