With the likes of Evans, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd presumably removed from the new “Fantastic Four,” what sort of actors will the revamped film need in order to create a viable, sustainable franchise?
I’ve narrowed down my picks. Read on to see if you agree!
George Clooney might seem too convenient of a pick—he’s got star power and Reed’s naturally graying hair—but that doesn’t mean he isn’t well-suited for the role. With his roles in “Michael Clayton” and “Burn After Reading,” Clooney has come a long, long way from “Batman and Robin.” Maybe it’s time for the former Dark Knight to step back inside the superhero realm with Marvel’s First Family.
Runners Up: Jim Caviezel and Michael Fassbender
“Lost” actress Elisabeth Mitchell brings both of those qualities to the role of the Invisible Woman. She’s clearly a physical match for the part, and as Dr. Juliet Burke on the hit ABC television series, Mitchell played both strong and vulnerable equally well—something that Sue, simultaneously enthralled and repelled by Reed’s workaholic nature, absolutely needs.
Runners Up: Naomi Watts and Reiko Aylesworth
Already mentioned as a strong candidate for Green Arrow, “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten has all of the qualities necessary to play Johnny Storm, the hot-blooded member of Marvel’s First Family. It’s hard to say if Kwanten is better suited than Evans himself, but he’s proven himself in the realm of comedy—and as an authentic blond, he’s already a better physical match than Evans.
Runners Up: Chris Pine and Jensen Ackles
For that reason, I think Fox should take a gamble on Chris Bauer, a relatively unknown, gruff-and-tough character actor. Bauer has demonstrated a knack for both comedy and tragedy as seen in his markedly different roles of Detective Andy Bellefleur on “True Blood” and Frank Sabotka on “The Wire,” a balance that’s necessary in establishing a believable Ben Grimm.
Doctor Doom needs to be terrifying, and one actor that could definitely pull off such an emotion is Stellan Skarsgård, father of former “Thor” contender Alexander Skarsgård. He’s a taller physical presence, sports a menacing voice and—most importantly—the guy can act. With Skarsgård behind the mask, this version of Doom might actually give nightmares to younger viewers… exactly as he should!
Runners Up: Hugo Weaving and Christoph Waltz
Who do you think should be cast in the “Fantastic Four” reboot? Let us know your picks in the comments, and be sure to suggest future topics for SECRET IDENTITY!