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Fraser as Fantastic?

05.26.2004

The news that FANTASTIC FOUR would be a family comedy was distressing. The news that Victor Von Doom was now Victor Van Damn was more distressing. Now the news that Brendan Fraser is in consideration to star as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, which is just about enough to raise the national fanboy alert level to red. OK, before I get off on my rant, first the news. Stax at FilmForce is reporting that Brendan Fraser is a "major contender" for the lead role but their source cautioned no actual casting has taken place. That last bit of news was echoed by producer Chris Columbus who I spoke with at the HARRY POTTER junket this past weekend (more on that next week). Now on with my ranting and raving... Brendan Fraser as Mr. Fantastic?! Fraser as Superman I could see. I wouldn't say I absolutely love the choice of Fraser as Superman but I can see how producers could come to him for that role. But Mr. Fantastic? Does Brendan Fraser strike you as the super-intellectual Richards? The lithe superhero who can twist and bend his body as if it were made of plastic? C'mon people. I'm a big fan of the FANTASTIC FOUR - probably my favorite comic next to X-MEN - and I still think there's a way this ship can be righted. I don't like everything I've heard about this film so far but I'm hoping a good deal of it is internet conjecture and rumor and the truth will be revealed when shooting begins later this summer. Before I start really going nuts, I'll leave you know and suggest you head over to Stax's article at FilmForce to read more about this developing story...

Source: FilmForce

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