Fantastic Four reboot casting
20th Century Fox has been planning to reboot the "Fantastic Four" franchise for awhile now, and it seems in 2015 we will finally lay eyes on it. Maybe.
I say maybe because they need to get casting down first. When I saw that Josh Trank, who directed the amazing "Chronicle" last year was helming this, I thought we'd be in for a great show! "Chronicle" is possibly the most under-appreciated superhero film to date, and its amazing that it isn't better received than it is. However, with the casting that has been rumored today, I now have hope that Trank can put together a good movie.
It has been reported that Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole, Footloose, Project X, 21 & Over), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), and Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) are being pursued for Reed Richards. Saorise Ronan (Hanna, The Host) and Kate Mara (Shooter) are being pursued for Susan Storm. Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Trank's "Chronicle" is apparently the studio's number one idea for Johnny Storm. No development so far for The Thing.
Now what the F*** kind of casting ideas are these? Does the studio want to make a movie worse than the first FF franchise? Apparently so.
All Miles Teller has been able to prove so far is that he can play a frat boy. Cool. But that is so far off of who Reed Richards is that rumoring him isn't a funny joke. Ioan Gruffudd, the original Reed Richards could have easily done the character justice if he had a better director and script. Its going to take some sophisticated direction for me to believe that Teller is a do-gooder, genius and a born leader. Same with Saorise Ronan and Kate Mara, did the studio NOT watch the original franchise? Do they not get what made those movies bad in the first place? Mara in particular can't even act to begin with, how she even enters a conversation for this is baffling. As much as I liked Jordan in "Chronicle," Johnny Storm has always been Sue's brother. If they want an African-American Human Torch, that's cool! But find a equally good African-American actress to play his older sister.
I'd say the studio's best bet would be to cast Harrington as Reed, keep Jordan since they really like him, cast an African-American actress for Sue and find a great actor for The Thing. THEN possibly this won't be another trainwreck. But now that I think upon it, how many times has Hollywood made the right decisions? Go ahead, try and count. I feel right away that this reboot will be another naked cash grab and will further tarnish the credibility of this great superhero team.
I must also warn you all that 20th Century Fox's big plan is to merge this rebooted Fantastic Four universe with the current X-Men universe to create big X-Men/Fantastic Four films. Its going to look really funny if a half-assed Miles Teller is trying to act smart opposite of Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen or even Halle Freakin' Berry. With this cast, I'll just let you ponder how silly that really sounds.
Maybe I am wrong and in 2015 I am going to eat my words. So far though, I am pretty disappointed by this cast. Why the heck are they aiming so young? Do they really think creating a hip foursome of youngsters is going to get butts in seats? The team only needs one Johnny Storm, not four of them.