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Rumor Patrol: Josh Gad as Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four reboot?

Jan. 28, 2014by: Paul Shirey

UPDATED: Scroll below to see Josh Gad's Twitterbunk of the rumor.

All, right, folks. Let's jump into this. First things first: This is a rumor. We've been here before. You know how this works. We've gone through the rumor mill a lot lately and it's become a game of picking and choosing what's either possible, interesting, and/or relevant (not to mention viable). There's never been a time in the history of film where secrecy was as high as it is now, so the hunger for information is ravenous. But, I digress.

Josh Gad, star of JOBS, 1600 Penn, and most recently FROZEN, is the latest name to be rumored for THE FANTASTIC FOUR, but the first to be mentioned for the character of Ben Grimm/The Thing. Formerly played by Michael Chiklis, the rumor of Gad's name in contention for the role comes from Movies.com, who say: "...the word on Gad comes from within casting circles close to the film." What are these circles you ask? Mailroom clerk? Production Assistant? Who's to say?

So, while that's pretty thin, THE FANTASTIC FOUR screenwriter Jeremy Slater took to Twitter and expressed a favorable opinion of Gad as Mr. Grimm. Here's his thoughts on it.

But wait! Now, we've got director Josh Trank taking to the Twitter machine and slapping the whole thing with a big fat denial!

And now it comes to Gad, who chimed in, saying:

So, is that the end of it? One would think, but you have to consider a few things: 1) Trank has "Twitterbunked" Miles Teller as having any involvement in the film as well, but his name is one that keeps popping up for the role to this day. 2) This is the game. Love it, hate it, it doesn't matter. The secrecy game is one that's not going away anytime soon, which means you're going to have a lot of denials, zipped lips, and even possible outright white lies in order to deflect the truth and keep the secrets locked up. So, take it as you will. All will be known when the studios are good and ready to let it drop, but until then, we can enjoy the fan speculation process or get all huffy about it. The choice is yours.

Personally, I can see Gad in the role. I know some will see that as blasphemy and I can respect that. But, it's obvious by the casting rumors alone that this is not going to be a recreation of Stan Lee's original FANTASTIC FOUR down to the tiniest detail. Although that's a downer for some, I'm onboard almost entirely just to see what Trank does with this. He may well surprise the shit out of all of us.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is set to take off on June 19, 2015.

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12:29PM on 01/28/2014
Hahahahahahaha. PLEASE let this happen. It will be the cherry on top of this disaster.
Hahahahahahaha. PLEASE let this happen. It will be the cherry on top of this disaster.
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12:31PM on 01/28/2014
Who is this guy blowing to get so much work?
Who is this guy blowing to get so much work?
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1:25PM on 01/28/2014
Just release the old 90's movie....
Just release the old 90's movie....
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12:48PM on 01/28/2014

Fucking Horrendous

And FUCK any of you who will see this trash. Seriously, it happens every time. People (rightfully) complain about the looks of Electro, Rhino, and Goblin from ASM2. People (rightfully) complain about the looks of Quicksilver, Future Sentinels, and just about every black generic costume from X:DOFP. Then a teaser trailer comes out with a few "money shots" and you fucks say, "hmm IDK that peaked my interest!.1!/!?" Then you'll be there opening night, it'll do decent box-office, we will get
And FUCK any of you who will see this trash. Seriously, it happens every time. People (rightfully) complain about the looks of Electro, Rhino, and Goblin from ASM2. People (rightfully) complain about the looks of Quicksilver, Future Sentinels, and just about every black generic costume from X:DOFP. Then a teaser trailer comes out with a few "money shots" and you fucks say, "hmm IDK that peaked my interest!.1!/!?" Then you'll be there opening night, it'll do decent box-office, we will get more shitty sequels of these shitty "adaptations" of these great characters. DON'T FUCKING SETTLE!! JUST WAIT!! BOYCOTT THIS FUCKING TRASH!! BOYCOTT ASM2!! BOYCOTT DOFP!! FOR FUCKS SAKE!! FUCK YOU ALL!!
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1:04PM on 01/28/2014
I like your style.
I like your style.
1:04PM on 01/28/2014
If by people you mean the small minority of comic book geeks the. Yes but the majority of people meaning the rest of us average movie goers could care less about the costuming of the characters. As long as the story is sound I'm still there.
If by people you mean the small minority of comic book geeks the. Yes but the majority of people meaning the rest of us average movie goers could care less about the costuming of the characters. As long as the story is sound I'm still there.
1:20PM on 01/28/2014
That....or maybe you can call me like crazy or insane but maybe, just maybe people go to the movies to escape for two hours.
That....or maybe you can call me like crazy or insane but maybe, just maybe people go to the movies to escape for two hours.
12:41PM on 01/28/2014
The casting for this has been fucking atrocious. Fox is just raping the Fantastic Four at this point.

Would love to see the rights to back to Marvel where they actually give a shit about their films and characters.
The casting for this has been fucking atrocious. Fox is just raping the Fantastic Four at this point.

Would love to see the rights to back to Marvel where they actually give a shit about their films and characters.
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2:25PM on 01/28/2014
From the comments, looks like I'll be sitting in an empty theater.
From the comments, looks like I'll be sitting in an empty theater.
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1:59PM on 01/28/2014

What's a word that means "beyond laughable?"

Oh wait, I got it -- "sad."
Oh wait, I got it -- "sad."
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12:46PM on 01/28/2014

Nick Offerman or GTFO!

For real.
For real.
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1:05PM on 01/28/2014
Now that is a great idea.
Now that is a great idea.
5:58PM on 01/28/2014
PossiBly the worst casting suggestion I have ever heard.

This physically hurt me when I read it.
PossiBly the worst casting suggestion I have ever heard.

This physically hurt me when I read it.
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2:45PM on 01/28/2014

I am hoping

This one fails just like the first 2 and Fox will have no choice but to give up the rights back to Marvel.
This one fails just like the first 2 and Fox will have no choice but to give up the rights back to Marvel.
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3:40PM on 01/28/2014
Theyd just reboot it again
Theyd just reboot it again
12:38PM on 01/28/2014
It's looked mostly bad so far, aside from the Jordan casting. Now its like they're thinking, let's try to eliminate real comic fans from the box office take altogether . . .
It's looked mostly bad so far, aside from the Jordan casting. Now its like they're thinking, let's try to eliminate real comic fans from the box office take altogether . . .
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3:17PM on 01/28/2014
*Munches almonds*

Who?

*Continues munching almonds*
*Munches almonds*

Who?

*Continues munching almonds*
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3:21PM on 01/28/2014
Fun Fact: Im allergic to almonds
Fun Fact: Im allergic to almonds
7:06PM on 01/28/2014

Not so Glad to Gad (yet)

who the F--k is Josh Gad? he hasnt been in Hollywood long enough to get all these casting rumors...plus he is obviously too big for a lot of these roles...
who the F--k is Josh Gad? he hasnt been in Hollywood long enough to get all these casting rumors...plus he is obviously too big for a lot of these roles...
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3:38PM on 01/28/2014
Never have been crazy about F4 and yet every casting rumor is bad enough to drive me to face palm as if they were announcing Clooney returning to Batman
Never have been crazy about F4 and yet every casting rumor is bad enough to drive me to face palm as if they were announcing Clooney returning to Batman
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12:03AM on 01/29/2014
I have a few casting ideas
Mr. Fantastic-Matthew Goode
Invisible Woman-Alice Eve
Human Torch-Ryan Kwanten
The Thing-Tom Hardy

These are just suggestions.
I have a few casting ideas
Mr. Fantastic-Matthew Goode
Invisible Woman-Alice Eve
Human Torch-Ryan Kwanten
The Thing-Tom Hardy

These are just suggestions.
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7:31PM on 01/28/2014
"Think of just how much cooler I'd be IN SUMMER!"
"Think of just how much cooler I'd be IN SUMMER!"
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1:42PM on 01/28/2014
Josh Trank has quashed this, [link]
Josh Trank has quashed this, [link]
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1:48PM on 01/28/2014
It's already in the article, dude.
It's already in the article, dude.
12:31PM on 01/28/2014
This would be the first casting rumor I don't like
This would be the first casting rumor I don't like
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