by Brett White
Director Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot may have just found its patriarch—Miles Teller. The actor, who is poised to become a breakout star following this year’s “The Spectacular Now” and next year’s film adaptation of the YA novel “Divergent,” is said to have met with Trank to discuss the role of Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic.
The rumor follows in the footsteps of a few other Fantastic hopefuls—Allison Williams as the Invisible Woman and Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. No roles have been cast just yet, and apparently Fox hasn’t even hired a casting director, but the Wrap reports that Teller is Trank’s first choice.
Of all of the four protagonists, I think that Reed Richards’ casting will shed the most light on the film’s tone. Michael B. Jordan plays cocky and charming effortlessly, so he fits in with the classic interpretation of Johnny Storm. Allison Williams can play strong and put together, so she makes sense as Invisible Woman. But Reed Richards is old. And the genius scientist above all other genius scientists. But more importantly, he is old. He’s one of the few characters in comics with graying hair, and he’s consistently portrayed as much older than his wife, Invisible Woman.
Now that’s not to say that Teller is a bad fit; it just points out that if Teller is this iteration of the Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic, then this movie is definitely targeting a much younger audience. Age-wise, Teller, Williams and Jordan are all 26 years old. But then again, both Jessica Alba and Chris Evans were 24 when they donned the blue tights in 2005, they just didn’t seem as young… or maybe this blogger is showing his age. Comparatively the previous Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) was 32 when he landed the role.
All of this will seem really weird when they cast the 43-year-old Nick Offerman as Ben Grimm, which is a role he quasi-campaigned for last year. Could this end up being the new Fantastic Four?!
Seriously, I don’t care who they cast in the other three roles as long as Ron Swanson gets to shout, “It’s clobberin’ time!”
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