Despite not being particularly wowed by Fantastic Four (2005), I’m still generally of the opinion that maybe we shouldn’t remake movies that are only a decade old. But since movie studios continue to make these decisions without consulting me personally, we’ll be seeing a reboot sometime next year.
And today we have our main cast.
Miles Teller as Reed Richards
I have virtually no opinion about this one way or another, considering I’ve never seen The Spectacular Now, the remake of Footloose, or anything else Teller’s ever been in — save a small guest role in a single episode of The Unusuals. Ioan Gruffudd was pretty bland in the original film, though, so it’s hard to imagine Teller has anywhere to go but up. (Although good God, how old is this kid? I know they’re going for a younger team here, but Jesus. He’s practically a baby.)
Kate Mara as Sue Storm
Ditto above on the *shrug* reaction. I’m mostly familiar with Kate Mara from a couple of episodes of Everwood and the first season of American Horror Story, which I never even finished. I don’t have a great sense of her range, but like Teller, I think she’d have to be an improvement over Jessica Alba.
The main reason Kate Mara’s casting is raising some eyebrows?
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm
Chris Evans was clearly the best thing about Fantastic Four, but since he’s fairly busy right now being Captain America, I’m pretty happy with this casting. I liked Michael B. Jordan in Chronicle quite a bit, and I’m happy to see him in more nerdy superhero things that I can enjoy.
As far as Mara and Jordan playing siblings . . . my first reaction was like . . . huh. You know, I was surprised. I won’t say I wasn’t. But then I got past it because it’s not like all siblings have the same skin color. Maybe they’re the children of biracial parents, or maybe they’re adopted siblings, or maybe they’re step-siblings. Honestly, I’m not sure the movie even needs to address it, unless it somehow plays into the plot. After all, it’s not like Chris Evans and Jessica Alba come from the same ethnic background, and they played siblings in the original films. (I guess you could argue Alba’s dyed hair and blue contacts were an attempt to make her look more Caucasian, but I never really took it as such. Did hate those contacts, though.) Anyway, it just doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
The casting that continues to startle me, though:
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm
I love Jamie Bell and will never complain about his casting, ever, but . . . I’ve gotta say, I always pictured the Thing as someone . . . . well, someone more like Michael Chiklis and less like a 5’7″ skinny boy from the U.K. But I’m willing to be convinced. (And if he could just go ahead and keep his natural accent, I’d be okay with that too. No, I don’t care about authenticity. I care about pretty accents, okay? There is nothing wrong with that.)
Still waiting to see who’s cast as Dr. Doom. (I just assume.) Any speculations? People you wish were cast as the Fantastic Four instead? Don’t rely on telepathy — leave me a comment.