Fans of the Fantastic Four were given something to look forward to when it was announced over one year ago that Chronicle director Josh Trank would be rebooting Marvel’s first family. Recently, Simon Kinberg had been tapped to do rewrites for the upcoming reboot, and now rumors have surfaced on who might be joining the cast.
Over the last few months, there have been plenty of rumors regarding who might play each member of the Fantastic Four. The most noteworthy rumor was that Michael B. Jordan was up for the role of Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch. Since Fox wants to start the production on the Fantastic Four relatively soon, it makes sense that a shortlist would pop up for the lead roles – namely that of Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
According to Deadline, Fox is testing Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Miles Teller (Divergent), and Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) for the role of Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic. Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) have joined Alison Williams (Girls) on the rumored list of actresses testing to play Sue Storm a.k.a. The Invisible Woman.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Fantastic Four, Mr. Fantastic is the leader of the group and one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe. He possesses the ability to stretch his body into any shape. Sue Storm is given the name The Invisible Woman because of her ability to render herself invisible (she can also project force fields).
It’s good to hear that Trank is opting to test some fresh faces for the reboot instead of finding veteran actors to play the parts. Kit Harington is the most recognizable of the actors on the shortlist for his popular portrayal of Jon Snow on Game of Thrones. Harington could be a great Reed Richards if given the opportunity, but word is that Miles Teller’s performance in The Spectacular Now was pretty fantastic, too.
Fox has also rounded up a great list of actresses to test for the role of Sue Storm. Kate Mara (sister to Rooney Mara of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame) has been in a few films and shows, but her breakout role was that of Zoe Barnes in House of Cards. She stole every scene she was in and could easily play the part of The Invisible Woman.
Of course, there’s no denying that Saoirse Ronan is one of the best young talents working in film, but if rumors are true, she may already have her hands full with another blockbuster franchise.
Though producers are only testing these actors at this time, it’s possible we may see one or two of them cast in the Josh Trank directed reboot soon. Stay tuned to Screen Rant as more news becomes available.
Al Mannarino blogs at Screen Rant.