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Well, after months of speculation and screen-testing, it looks like the new cast of the big screen “Fantastic Four” reboot has been finalized, at least according to The Wrap. Look for Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell to play the titular superheroes, who, at least according to the comic books, are doused in cosmic radiation and take on unique superpowers. Excelsior!
So Jordan is going to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, a role he had been linked to for a while, thanks mostly to his relationship with the “Fantastic Four” director Josh Trank, who he worked with on “Chronicle.” Mara will embody Sue Storm, also known as the Invisible Woman, who in “Fantastic Four” canon is Johnny’s sister. Not sure how they’ll explain this one, but considering it’s based on an intergalactic comic book, pretty much anything can happen. Teller will play Reed Richards (or Mr. Fantastic), who in the comic books is married to Sue Storm. And Bell will play Ben Grimm aka The Thing, a giant, hulking rock monster. If you’re wondering how the weedy Bell will play The Thing, fear not — his will be a performance capture role, with a digitized version of the hulking brute added later.
According to The Wrap’s report, the only hiccup to this casting could be Teller, who is set to star in the sequel to the upcoming YA adaptation “Divergent.” It seems that the sequel, “Insurgent” (really rolls off the tongue, eh?) could be shooting at the same time that Fox wants to put “Fantastic Four” into production. (It’s June 19, 2015 release date is looming.)
While this is certainly an impressive cast that they’ve put together, it will be interesting to see the team dynamic. If you saw last month’s forgettable rom com “That Awkward Moment,” then you got to at least preview the chemistry between Teller and Jordan (it’s pretty great). What made the “Fantastic Four” so great in the comic books (and so lousy in the previous two movies) is the way that the group bickered and fought, like a real family, on their way to save the galaxy from certain doom.
Gallery | Actors With Heroic Jawlines
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Once you’ve shtupped your sister on premium cable, like this “Game of Thrones” hunk has, it might be hard for the world to see you as a good guy. He’s got the looks (and the drool-worthy Men’s Health cover) to pull off the cape, but while WB happily hired a Brit, would they have gone for a Dane?
- Bill Hader
Seems like we’re not the only ones who thought the “SNL” star looked kinda heroic. So far his only “super” credit is “Superbad,” but it’s a shame he left SNL just as they might need a Superman skit.
- Aaron Eckhart
He’s got a jawline that won’t quit (and dig that super chin!), but Eckhart got his start playing bad guys. His noble Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight” was his only superhero-related outing so far, and we all know how that ended.
- Thomas Jane
There’s no rule about playing more than one superhero (See: Chris Evans) but Jane was already The Punisher. It’s a role that required yes, a strong jaw, and a certain quiet, intimidating presence. Also guns, which Supes is not really about. Plus, Superman has never been blond.
- Jon Stewart
He’s got a chin that’s only outdone in talk-show circles by Jay Leno, but he’s probably too short and a tad too old to be Superman. But hey, we can picture him as a (really sarcastic) Jor-El! Comic book trivia: There was a Green Lantern named John Stewart.
- Jon Hamm
He’s been rocking that slicked-back hair for years as ad exec Don Draper on “Mad Men.” Who’s to say there isn’t a set of tights under that well-tailored suit? Of course, his less-than-stellar moral code rules out the character (not the actor) for championing Truth, Justice, and The American Way.
- Tom Cruise
He’s made a career playing strong-jawed heroes who defy the odds. He was reportedly once in line to play Iron Man, something we can’t picture at all. We can’t really see him as Superman either, even if we squint. Sorry, Tom, that’s one role (unlike Jack Reacher) where you really do have to be tall.
- Jake Gyllenhaal
We’re so used to thinking of Jake as “sensitive” that it’s easy to overlook his more manly qualities. He was a tough cop in “End of Watch,” and he was once in the running to play Batman and Superman, and nearly stepped in as Spider-Man when Tobey Maguire injured his back. Are there any other superheroes left to cast?
- Jim Caviezel
Hey, Christian Bale managed being both Jesus and Batman, so why couldn’t Caviezel (our most famous modern Christ) don the tights as Superman? Probably because he’s busy kicking ass on “Person of Interest,” where he gets to kick ass, avenge the unavenged, and brood handsomely sans spandex
- Ryan Reynolds
Since he’s already been one WB superhero (And one Marvel one. Kinda.), it was never in the cards for Reynolds to suit up as Superman. Plus, we couldn’t ever take him seriously, and the role requires a degree of gravity and earnestness we haven’t yet seen from him.
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