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Reg E. Cathey cast as Dr. Franklin Storm in The Fantastic Four

05.08.2014

Veteran actor Reg E. Cathey has joined the cast of Josh Trank's THE FANTASTIC FOUR in the role of Dr. Franklin Storm, father of Sue (Kate Mara) and Johnny (Michael B. Jordan). The casting announcement comes after months of speculation as to how Jordan and Mara would play siblings. Some theorized the Storms would be presented as a mixed race family or that Johnny would be an adopted sibling to Sue. Cathey's casting now would make it seem obvious that Mara's Sue would be the adopted sibling.

Cathey is a veteran actor who has appeared in dozens of films including SEVEN, THE MASK, AMERICAN PSYCHO, as well as acclaimed television series THE WIRE and HOUSE OF CARDS. Cathey is a damn fine character actor and should make for a fine Dr. Storm. With Trank's film taking a revisionist origin to the superhero team, it is unknown if Cathey's character will follow the comic arc that included him becoming a gambler and convicted felon. The comic version of Storm also had a major part in a storyline involving the team and an encounter with the Mole Man, a character recently announced as being played by Tim Blake Nelson.

While I have no issue with the casting of THE FANTASTIC FOUR, I know many fans are not happy about Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm as it deviates from the comic books. I am fine with it as long as solid talent like Cathey joins to production. How the story itself will appear on screen is another issue entirely.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is slated to hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

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11:09AM on 05/10/2014
Cool casting.
The first time I saw this actor was in the Bill Murray comedy, "What About Bob?"
Cool casting.
The first time I saw this actor was in the Bill Murray comedy, "What About Bob?"
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10:50AM on 05/09/2014
After losing his BBQ Ribs business in DC, it's great to see him land on his feet. *shakes fist to sky * Damn you Frank Underwood!
After losing his BBQ Ribs business in DC, it's great to see him land on his feet. *shakes fist to sky * Damn you Frank Underwood!
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10:43AM on 05/09/2014

More Reg E. Cathey

is NEVER a bad thing. He'll bring gravitas to this role like he has countless others.
is NEVER a bad thing. He'll bring gravitas to this role like he has countless others.
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8:49AM on 05/09/2014
When are people going to understand that a movie is an adaptation? If you want the source material, go read the source material. A studio, producer, or director will change whatever they see fit, to make the material translate well to the screen.
When are people going to understand that a movie is an adaptation? If you want the source material, go read the source material. A studio, producer, or director will change whatever they see fit, to make the material translate well to the screen.
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6:14AM on 05/09/2014
Easier to just say they're step-siblings. Mary Richards is dead in the comics but I think she's alive in the Ultimate universe. Perhaps he married Sue's mother.
Easier to just say they're step-siblings. Mary Richards is dead in the comics but I think she's alive in the Ultimate universe. Perhaps he married Sue's mother.
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12:19AM on 05/09/2014
you forgot he was in tank girl lol
you forgot he was in tank girl lol
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11:15PM on 05/08/2014
Jaden Smith for Franklin Richards!
Jaden Smith for Franklin Richards!
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11:05PM on 05/08/2014

This actually works

If Mariah Carey had had a brother with the same father then he would probably have looked like Michael B. Jordan. Sue Storm doesn't have to have been adopted. HOWEVER for the sake of suspending disbelief it ALWAYS makes sense to cast people who look as though they have a family resemblance when casting siblings. In this case, BOTH actors have to pass as mixed race (unless they have different mothers).
If Mariah Carey had had a brother with the same father then he would probably have looked like Michael B. Jordan. Sue Storm doesn't have to have been adopted. HOWEVER for the sake of suspending disbelief it ALWAYS makes sense to cast people who look as though they have a family resemblance when casting siblings. In this case, BOTH actors have to pass as mixed race (unless they have different mothers).
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10:35PM on 05/08/2014
I'm just gonna say it, I love Reg E. Cathey. He was my favorite character in The Wire, and while I wasn't eager to get all worried about Jordan's casting, this makes that feel like less of a stunt -- if it weren't for Kate Mara. I actually agree with BojacRedleif, they just had a problem with a black woman as the female lead.
I'm just gonna say it, I love Reg E. Cathey. He was my favorite character in The Wire, and while I wasn't eager to get all worried about Jordan's casting, this makes that feel like less of a stunt -- if it weren't for Kate Mara. I actually agree with BojacRedleif, they just had a problem with a black woman as the female lead.
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10:08PM on 05/08/2014
The movie is STILL going to suck huge donkey dick and the film can STILL go fuck itself. Hope it bombs miserably.
The movie is STILL going to suck huge donkey dick and the film can STILL go fuck itself. Hope it bombs miserably.
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10:36PM on 05/08/2014
I'm so confused right now.
Did somebody hack your account?
Because you tend to post like the absolute most-generic and middle-of-the-road comments.
Just completely baffled.
Right on, dude.
I'm so confused right now.
Did somebody hack your account?
Because you tend to post like the absolute most-generic and middle-of-the-road comments.
Just completely baffled.
Right on, dude.
12:19AM on 05/09/2014
i know the_soloist is so nice about everything on here what have you done with him
i know the_soloist is so nice about everything on here what have you done with him
6:50AM on 05/09/2014
Well, maybe he had enough of getting insulted for being nice and polite.
Well, maybe he had enough of getting insulted for being nice and polite.
2:01PM on 05/09/2014
Soloist is a studio plant put here to lather glowing, homoerotic praise on ever single film and every single actor. So yes, this latest comment is troubling. Perhaps his check was late.
Soloist is a studio plant put here to lather glowing, homoerotic praise on ever single film and every single actor. So yes, this latest comment is troubling. Perhaps his check was late.
9:29PM on 05/08/2014

Who'd put a white baby up for adoption? And who would let him adopt one?

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9:31PM on 05/08/2014
I'm just keeeeeeeding! I love you Freddy, you make great ribs.
I'm just keeeeeeeding! I love you Freddy, you make great ribs.
9:54PM on 05/08/2014
Ok, so I've been talking about this with a friend. The Fantastic Four movie I want to see is one where EVERYBODY is black, EXCEPT Sue Storm. That is the kind of "post-racial" (as I'm sure Fox is going to laud this FF movie as being) movie I'd want to see.

We also figure that what Fox is doing is more irritating than if they just changed ALL of the Storms' race. Why not have a black female romantic lead? THAT would be more "daring", and would be awesome. Because the whole adopted thing is
Ok, so I've been talking about this with a friend. The Fantastic Four movie I want to see is one where EVERYBODY is black, EXCEPT Sue Storm. That is the kind of "post-racial" (as I'm sure Fox is going to laud this FF movie as being) movie I'd want to see.

We also figure that what Fox is doing is more irritating than if they just changed ALL of the Storms' race. Why not have a black female romantic lead? THAT would be more "daring", and would be awesome. Because the whole adopted thing is just Fox being non-committal. They wanted Michael B. Jordan SO bad, but they got too scared to put a black woman as a major lead opposite a white man.
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8:48PM on 05/08/2014
I don't have a problem with the casting that crosses racial lines. I'm sure they'll come up with whatever excuse to explain Sue and Johnny. The problem I have is that they cast a bunch of babies in these roles when the only one who should be teenaged is Johnny. I'm sure a lot of the derision also stems from the fact that Marvel usually does such a good job with casting choices for their roles, that it's disheartening to see Fox (and Sony) aren't able to maintain that same level of quality
I don't have a problem with the casting that crosses racial lines. I'm sure they'll come up with whatever excuse to explain Sue and Johnny. The problem I have is that they cast a bunch of babies in these roles when the only one who should be teenaged is Johnny. I'm sure a lot of the derision also stems from the fact that Marvel usually does such a good job with casting choices for their roles, that it's disheartening to see Fox (and Sony) aren't able to maintain that same level of quality with the Marvel characters they own the rights to.
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8:22PM on 05/08/2014
Shes not adopted, they have different mothers. And she doesn't look part black because the dad is part white and she just got all the white genes! What do I know. Why not make em both black indeed? Anyway Cathay should be another fine addition. This can't be worse than the previous FF films.
Shes not adopted, they have different mothers. And she doesn't look part black because the dad is part white and she just got all the white genes! What do I know. Why not make em both black indeed? Anyway Cathay should be another fine addition. This can't be worse than the previous FF films.
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7:02PM on 05/08/2014

I'm confused by the race issues here...

I don't have high expectations of this movie, but it's got nothing to do with the race change, and everything to do with the fact that I don't think these characters translate to film well... Though I've been proven wrong about that in the past. I can't understand why the mixed race family is an issue here... No one seemed to object to it last time when a Latina (Alba) was cast as the sister of a Caucasian (Evans). Is it because she could pass for white (even though that required bleached
I don't have high expectations of this movie, but it's got nothing to do with the race change, and everything to do with the fact that I don't think these characters translate to film well... Though I've been proven wrong about that in the past. I can't understand why the mixed race family is an issue here... No one seemed to object to it last time when a Latina (Alba) was cast as the sister of a Caucasian (Evans). Is it because she could pass for white (even though that required bleached hair and blue contacts)? Race is being changed all the time in adaptations, so what makes this one so different?
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7:31PM on 05/08/2014
Alba is Latina?
Alba is Latina?
6:17PM on 05/08/2014
It seems to me like it would make more sense to just cast a black actress as Sue Storm. Seems like it would just be easier than writing in some weak “Oh yeah, she’s adopted” line into the story. If you’re already changing races/appearances, I don’t see the big deal. Just thinking out loud, but what would the internet reaction be if all 4 characters were black. Makes you think.
It seems to me like it would make more sense to just cast a black actress as Sue Storm. Seems like it would just be easier than writing in some weak “Oh yeah, she’s adopted” line into the story. If you’re already changing races/appearances, I don’t see the big deal. Just thinking out loud, but what would the internet reaction be if all 4 characters were black. Makes you think.
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6:15PM on 05/08/2014
In this film, the Storm family has now the same family dynamic as the family in Quantum and Woody. That similarity might or might not mean something. Slightly off topic, read Quantum and Woody. You will love that book. Back on topic, I wonder if the Fantastic Four will be funny like Quantum and Woody. Otherwise, its "grounded" approach might indicate that this Fantastic Four is more serious and melancholy than the (generally) fun Fantastic Four adventures in the comic books. I shan't be finding
In this film, the Storm family has now the same family dynamic as the family in Quantum and Woody. That similarity might or might not mean something. Slightly off topic, read Quantum and Woody. You will love that book. Back on topic, I wonder if the Fantastic Four will be funny like Quantum and Woody. Otherwise, its "grounded" approach might indicate that this Fantastic Four is more serious and melancholy than the (generally) fun Fantastic Four adventures in the comic books. I shan't be finding out, except through on-line reviews. I am skipping this film. You should boycott any film that you don't want to see. Don't let constant articles and advertisements sway you. Celebrate the freedom that the Fantastic Four would fight for if they were real people.
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6:14PM on 05/08/2014
Just seems like they added him to explain Jordan
Just seems like they added him to explain Jordan
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7:25PM on 05/08/2014
lol you thought they would ignore his skin color and just drop him into the story
lol you thought they would ignore his skin color and just drop him into the story
5:54PM on 05/08/2014
I actually like the casting for this movie. Fanboys want to scream from the mountain tops about this reboot, but I think about 90% of the negativity is just being regurgitated by the sheeple. It's just become popular to bash.
I actually like the casting for this movie. Fanboys want to scream from the mountain tops about this reboot, but I think about 90% of the negativity is just being regurgitated by the sheeple. It's just become popular to bash.
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5:52PM on 05/08/2014
Awesome character actor
Awesome character actor
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5:47PM on 05/08/2014
Dirty Dee, you're a baddy daddy lamatai tebby chai! 
Dirty Dee, you're a baddy daddy lamatai tebby chai! 
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5:20PM on 05/08/2014
This is still moving ahead?
This is still moving ahead?
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4:18PM on 05/08/2014
I'm 100% fine with this.
The first two FF movies were atrocious. Why anyone would be upset over ANY changes, is beyond me.
I'm 100% fine with this.
The first two FF movies were atrocious. Why anyone would be upset over ANY changes, is beyond me.
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4:13PM on 05/08/2014

so SHE will be the adopted one

YES, I DO have issues with race or gender change in comics adaptation. You disagree ? Fine. I'll respect your opinion if you respect mine
YES, I DO have issues with race or gender change in comics adaptation. You disagree ? Fine. I'll respect your opinion if you respect mine
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4:31PM on 05/08/2014
where's the ... ?

I demand dramatic effect!
where's the ... ?

I demand dramatic effect!
4:50PM on 05/08/2014
It was lost while writing on my phone...
... (you can add a suspenseful music here)
It was lost while writing on my phone...
... (you can add a suspenseful music here)
5:59PM on 05/08/2014
I would always try to remain as true as you can, but that's just me. I dont really mind the changes here too much, but i would prefer the comics version.
Then again i would also prefer a good movie. So if this turns out to be good (doubtful) i will accept the changes.

PS - except for the f-ing over of galactus, i like FF2. And i liked Ben Grimm in both movies.
I would always try to remain as true as you can, but that's just me. I dont really mind the changes here too much, but i would prefer the comics version.
Then again i would also prefer a good movie. So if this turns out to be good (doubtful) i will accept the changes.

PS - except for the f-ing over of galactus, i like FF2. And i liked Ben Grimm in both movies.
2:14PM on 05/09/2014
I dont respect your opinion.
Probably because it shows lack of imagination/vision.
Even worse, your constantly compelled to type about it.
WE GET IT.
How do you spot an jackass on this site? typically its the self-important dork who uses his own face as an avatar.
I dont respect your opinion.
Probably because it shows lack of imagination/vision.
Even worse, your constantly compelled to type about it.
WE GET IT.
How do you spot an jackass on this site? typically its the self-important dork who uses his own face as an avatar.
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3:59PM on 05/08/2014
I think if the characters race is a non-issue, then its not a big deal. Would they make Luke Cage a white guy though?
They made Shredder a white guy, and his whole origin is Japanese! so that doesn't make any sense.
What about gender - would that be a concern? What if quicksilver was a girl - anytime changes are made that involve race or gender it always raises more questions.
Nick Fury was changed - I don't think that was a big deal. I guess its a case by case basis.
I think if the characters race is a non-issue, then its not a big deal. Would they make Luke Cage a white guy though?
They made Shredder a white guy, and his whole origin is Japanese! so that doesn't make any sense.
What about gender - would that be a concern? What if quicksilver was a girl - anytime changes are made that involve race or gender it always raises more questions.
Nick Fury was changed - I don't think that was a big deal. I guess its a case by case basis.
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4:03PM on 05/08/2014
Exactly. Shredder I'll wait and see because it seems like he was some sort of ancient figure that Fichtner's character is imitating through his admiration of Japanese culture. Gender changes are not really essential unless it's absolutely fundamental to the character (look at Jenny from Man of Steel). This reminds me of when Laurence Fishburne was cast as Perry White.
Exactly. Shredder I'll wait and see because it seems like he was some sort of ancient figure that Fichtner's character is imitating through his admiration of Japanese culture. Gender changes are not really essential unless it's absolutely fundamental to the character (look at Jenny from Man of Steel). This reminds me of when Laurence Fishburne was cast as Perry White.
4:09PM on 05/08/2014
Well, Fury was not changed, they used the Ultimate version. I see your point though.
Well, Fury was not changed, they used the Ultimate version. I see your point though.
5:57PM on 05/08/2014
I had forgotten about the ultimates!
I had forgotten about the ultimates!
8:41PM on 05/08/2014
Fair point, j-man.
Fair point, j-man.
3:57PM on 05/08/2014

I'll save you all some time

Blah blah blah THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO SUCK! EVEN THOUGH NOT A SINGLE SHOT OF FOOTAGE HAS BEEN MADE YET!
Bitch bitch bitch I'M NOT RACIST BUT THE HUMAN TORCH SHOULDN'T BE BLACK!
Cry cry cry WE FANBOYS ARE ACTING LIKE THIS MAY BE OUR GENERATION'S "BIRTH OF A NATION"!

There, I just saved you from writing another pointless reply. Now go fuck your mother.
Blah blah blah THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO SUCK! EVEN THOUGH NOT A SINGLE SHOT OF FOOTAGE HAS BEEN MADE YET!
Bitch bitch bitch I'M NOT RACIST BUT THE HUMAN TORCH SHOULDN'T BE BLACK!
Cry cry cry WE FANBOYS ARE ACTING LIKE THIS MAY BE OUR GENERATION'S "BIRTH OF A NATION"!

There, I just saved you from writing another pointless reply. Now go fuck your mother.
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4:20PM on 05/08/2014
I'll go fuck yours... With a son like you she probably needs something positive in her life...
BTW: YES this movie's gonna suck. Maybe not as deeply as you do, bitch, but it will...
I'll go fuck yours... With a son like you she probably needs something positive in her life...
BTW: YES this movie's gonna suck. Maybe not as deeply as you do, bitch, but it will...
4:29PM on 05/08/2014
apparently you don't understand the concept of sarcasm sir. The internet is full of it. Just like how it's full of idiots.

Also, what's with the ... after every statement you make? Are you adding dramatic effect?
apparently you don't understand the concept of sarcasm sir. The internet is full of it. Just like how it's full of idiots.

Also, what's with the ... after every statement you make? Are you adding dramatic effect?
4:49PM on 05/08/2014
Of course it is... (see, you can't wait for what I'm going to write next, there)
AND I was sarcastic as well (for the most part). But English being not my mother languish, it's not always as obvious as I'd like it to... (this one was just for you)
Of course it is... (see, you can't wait for what I'm going to write next, there)
AND I was sarcastic as well (for the most part). But English being not my mother languish, it's not always as obvious as I'd like it to... (this one was just for you)
3:55PM on 05/08/2014
I like that changing the skin color of a couple characters is viewed by so many as some kind of radical affront to established comic book history.
It's a character's skin tone. It is, in no way, the character itself. Get the heck over it.

Hell, this and Jordan are just about the only GOOD casting I've heard for the film!
I like that changing the skin color of a couple characters is viewed by so many as some kind of radical affront to established comic book history.
It's a character's skin tone. It is, in no way, the character itself. Get the heck over it.

Hell, this and Jordan are just about the only GOOD casting I've heard for the film!
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3:57PM on 05/08/2014
I agree with you if the race of the character is a non-issue. I wouldn't agree making Shredder (a very Japanese character) a white guy - oh wait...
I agree with you if the race of the character is a non-issue. I wouldn't agree making Shredder (a very Japanese character) a white guy - oh wait...
3:59PM on 05/08/2014
Very true, that's an important caveat. Sometimes the race IS a part of a character. But in stories not dealing with race--fuck it, who cares? The question is, do they get the characterization right?
Very true, that's an important caveat. Sometimes the race IS a part of a character. But in stories not dealing with race--fuck it, who cares? The question is, do they get the characterization right?
3:53PM on 05/08/2014
This reboot is DOOMED.
This reboot is DOOMED.
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3:57PM on 05/08/2014
get it
get it
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3:52PM on 05/08/2014

Freaking retarded.

And unnecessary. I'll say it again, when the studios make race an issue and force this stuff they become the racists!
And unnecessary. I'll say it again, when the studios make race an issue and force this stuff they become the racists!
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3:54PM on 05/08/2014
I'm confused by your logic. If a studio changes the race of a character, knowing it'll upset the small fan base of this series, it makes the studio racist and not the close-minded fans?
I'm confused by your logic. If a studio changes the race of a character, knowing it'll upset the small fan base of this series, it makes the studio racist and not the close-minded fans?
3:56PM on 05/08/2014
Is that what helps you sleep at night?
Is that what helps you sleep at night?
3:52PM on 05/08/2014

Freddie!

May I remind the people who will down vote me, this is a movie based on fictional characters who's race and ethnicity never defined who they are and what they stand for. If it's upsetting to you to see one of your lovable characters who's never been portrayed as any other race besides white is now being changed (I assume for a reason other than shock value as many idiots are claiming to be the reason), and this is hurting your feelings get over it! Interracial siblings and multiracial families
May I remind the people who will down vote me, this is a movie based on fictional characters who's race and ethnicity never defined who they are and what they stand for. If it's upsetting to you to see one of your lovable characters who's never been portrayed as any other race besides white is now being changed (I assume for a reason other than shock value as many idiots are claiming to be the reason), and this is hurting your feelings get over it! Interracial siblings and multiracial families do exist. Welcome to the 21st century.
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5:18PM on 05/08/2014
Don't tell me how to think.
Don't tell me how to think.
6:05PM on 05/08/2014
You're right, I shouldn't. If you want to live like slavery is institutionalized or the civil rights movement is currently happening, be my guest.
You're right, I shouldn't. If you want to live like slavery is institutionalized or the civil rights movement is currently happening, be my guest.
6:27PM on 05/08/2014
You're on the wrong site if you want to talk slavery and civil rights, and I couldn't care less if Johnny Storm is black.
You're on the wrong site if you want to talk slavery and civil rights, and I couldn't care less if Johnny Storm is black.
6:45PM on 05/08/2014
Then what was the point of your initial comment? Are you just seeking a response?
Then what was the point of your initial comment? Are you just seeking a response?
8:19PM on 05/08/2014
No. Your comment was pretty heavy handed. This is movie site. Lets all have a good time.
No. Your comment was pretty heavy handed. This is movie site. Lets all have a good time.
3:43PM on 05/08/2014

Again....

Again....the studio should be sticking to Canon, and I hope that this movie completely bombs.
Again....the studio should be sticking to Canon, and I hope that this movie completely bombs.
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