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Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot has received a lot of negative feedback for a movie that is barley in the midst of production. The movie, set for a June 2015 release date, hasn’t settled well with some fans due to the fact that it will feature a younger cast of characters. Most recognizable as a group of people in their 30’s or 40’s, now will be portrayed a bit younger; in their 20’s.
The cast will feature Miles Teller (21 & Over, The Spectacular Now) as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards, 127 Hours) as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Chronicle) as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (TURN, The Adventures of Tin-Tin) as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, RocknRolla) will play Doctor Doom.
Unbeknown to people who don’t read Marvel comics, there is a series called Ultimate Fantastic Four, where the F4 team is indeed younger, with a different origin of their powers. A smart move by FOX, as the X-Men franchise is currently going younger in cast as well (see X-Men: First Class and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past). This could lead to a previously-speculated crossover film in the future.
It seems that character actor Tim Blake Nelson is in final talks to join the cast of the film, and would be portraying scientist Harvey Elder, who would go on to become F4 villain Mole Man. According to THR, Nelson will only play Elder in the movie, however he could one day become Mole Man, since there has already been a sequel announced for 2017.
Tim Blake Nelson previously appeared in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk as Dr. Samuel Sterns, a character who also later becomes a villain (The Leader). And although fans hoped to see The Leader in a future Hulk movie, it seems Nelson is (for now) taking part in FOX’s new franchise. Speaking about the script for the upcoming F4 film’s script, Nelson says it has “real heart”:
“Yes, it’s pretty much closed, with me playing Harvey Elder, who becomes the Mole Man. I absolutely loved working on [‘The Incredible Hulk’] and feel extremely blessed that Marvel, Fox, and especially (“Fantastic Four” director) Josh Trank and his team have invited me back into the universe. The script is excellent. It has real heart, and it shows a true understanding of what it is to be a burgeoning adult geeked out to the margins.”
“Without going into detail, the script has as much soul as it does action, and it has a lot of action. We’re all going to have [a] blast making it.”
Maybe fans should start being more optimistic about the Fantastic Four reboot than they have been. It’s ok to be cautious after the first two films in 2005 and 2007, but eight years is a solid gap to get things back on track for Marvel’s first family.
Excited? Fantastic Four hits theaters June 19th, 2015, directed by Josh Trank.