What’s the latest on Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2015? The superhero movie, helmed by “Chronicle” director Josh Trank, is expected to begin production next month, yet no actors have been officially announced for the project.
That’s not to say that Trank and Fox aren’t looking to cast Marvel’s first family yet — far from it. The Hollywood Reporter states that actors like Kate Mara and Emma Rossum tested for the part of Sue Storm, alias Invisible Woman, earlier in the week, while Miles Teller tested for the part of Reed Richards, alias Mr. Fantastic. Relative unknown Christian Cook, meanwhile, supposedly tested for Ben “The Thing” Grimm, a part once rumored for Josh Gad .
Teller and Mara’s names have been in the mix for a while. Cook and Rossum are relatively new to the “Fantastic Four” rumor mill. But here’s the newest and biggest bombshell of them all: the THR piece mentions that Doctor Doom is the “Fantastic Four” reboot’s villain, and while Fox is “likely to go for a big name,” they “aren’t ruling out switching genders for the role.”
I’ll give you a minute to let that soak in.
Perhaps THR is just stirring the pot, but let’s take it for what it is: Fox is eyeing high-profile names for Doctor Doom, including high-profile actresses. The typical kneejerk reaction with such a dramatic shift in a beloved character is usually not so positive. (This is me judging all you Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm haters out there.) But in this case, I hope most can agree that depending on casting, a female Doom could be (wait for it) fantastic.
Already, there have been some inspired suggestions tossed out by bloggers and fans for a female Doom. Mike Sampson of ScreenCrush.com was the first I saw to suggest Helen Mirren for the role. Jordan Hoffman, who contributes to ScreenCrush.com as well, pitched Eva Green for the Fox reboot’s Doom. My own suggestion: Susan Sarandon — or “Susan Sarandoom,” as I like to call her.
The point being, there are some phenomenal actresses out there who could deliver a unique interpretation of one of the most iconic Marvel villains of all time. Why does Doom have to be played by a man, if there’s a woman who could do the job just as well if not better? As long as Doom is a super-genius, mask-wearing, Latverian-hailing mastermind, I’m willing to keep an open mind. Are you?
If nothing else, we should all be able to agree on one thing: any Doom — man, woman or child — is better than Julian McMahon.
“Fantastic Four” is currently scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.