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UPDATED: The Fantastic Four will get a revised origin story according to this casting call for leads in the film

01.24.2014

UPDATE 2/3/14: You may notice that the plot synopsis from the casting call is now gone from this story. 20th Century Fox asked for the summary to be removed from the site. I'm not saying that this is a confirmation that the summary is accurate, but why else would you ask us to take it down? In place of the synopsis, enjoy a FANTASTIC FOUR pun and some boobs.

UPDATE: Director Josh Trank claims on his Twitter feed that "that synopsis is definitely not the synopsis or anything close to the synopsis. i don't know who put that out. byyee". Well, that didn't last long.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is going to begin filming soon and we now have an official casting call for lead actors and crew in the Baton Rouge area for the movie. While the recent news has actors Miles Teller, Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara, Kit Harrington and Richard Madden all going for roles, this notice claims that the only part that is actually cast is Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. While this is far from an official press release, this is the first time we are getting confirmation that Jordan is the Human Torch.

What is also interesting is the updated origin the notice is providing for THE FANTASTIC FOUR which is drastically different from what we traditional associate with the comic book.

The comics and movies have always had the four members of the team knowing each other before they gain their powers. Ben Grimm and Reed Richards always start as best friends, but this presents a true origin unlike we have seen before. This does follow more closely to the Ultimate comic series origin for the team which has the group working for Dr. Franklin Storm in the Baxter Building Project.

There is no mention of a villain in the casting call. Could we be getting THE FANTASTIC FOUR without Doctor Doom? It seems that, like THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, maybe the creative decision is to go with a different villain and tease the team's biggest bad guy for a future sequel. Either way, I think going young is the right choice for the movie both to keep it unique from the existing films and to try and do something different with the franchise.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR hits theaters on June 19, 2015.

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7:14PM on 01/26/2014
That plot description sound pretty cool. Now go rename it into something else other than FANTASTIC FOUR. How about 'CHRONICLE 2'?
That plot description sound pretty cool. Now go rename it into something else other than FANTASTIC FOUR. How about 'CHRONICLE 2'?
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11:17PM on 01/25/2014

Come on Fox...

just reboot the Fantastic Four INTO the X-Men universe that you're expanding. fuck it.
just reboot the Fantastic Four INTO the X-Men universe that you're expanding. fuck it.
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6:48AM on 01/25/2014
Oh well. I didn't bother seeing the Tim Story versions, won't bother with this. To me this is Fox telling Marvel to go f themselves. We have the movie rights and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. We're going to shit all over the source material like we do with X-Men but instead of an A-list cast we're going to cast a bunch of scrubs.
Oh well. I didn't bother seeing the Tim Story versions, won't bother with this. To me this is Fox telling Marvel to go f themselves. We have the movie rights and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. We're going to shit all over the source material like we do with X-Men but instead of an A-list cast we're going to cast a bunch of scrubs.
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3:26AM on 01/25/2014
I hope Tank isn't pulling a J. J. Abrams here and just flat out lying and denying leaks that are very much true...
I hope Tank isn't pulling a J. J. Abrams here and just flat out lying and denying leaks that are very much true...
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9:49AM on 01/27/2014
If he is then this film is DOA.
If he is then this film is DOA.
1:58AM on 01/25/2014
I will probably not be seeing this! Don't like this retelling. I don't like when they change age, gender and race is just a cheap trick to act like they are being original. I didn't like it when they didn't even bother to dye Chris Evans hair blonde. He didn't look like Johnny Storm but he acting like him so I guess modern thinking is it's okay to bring only half of the character to life. Him being black he is going to seem even less like Johnny Storm to me. I like Kit and Richard Madden for
I will probably not be seeing this! Don't like this retelling. I don't like when they change age, gender and race is just a cheap trick to act like they are being original. I didn't like it when they didn't even bother to dye Chris Evans hair blonde. He didn't look like Johnny Storm but he acting like him so I guess modern thinking is it's okay to bring only half of the character to life. Him being black he is going to seem even less like Johnny Storm to me. I like Kit and Richard Madden for Reed Richards like 10 years from now. I want to see classic Stan Lee characters and stories brought to life, not some hacks that think they can do better by making changes that are not needed.
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10:12PM on 01/24/2014

WTF????????

Thank God this appears to be a scam.

Thank God this appears to be a scam.

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8:11PM on 01/24/2014
Why do they keep wasting over half a movie telling origin stories we already know? And if this one doesnt make money the next thing we'll hear is how they're "reimagining" yet another origin just to keep the movie rights.. Ugh I hate this world run by lawyers and money.
Why do they keep wasting over half a movie telling origin stories we already know? And if this one doesnt make money the next thing we'll hear is how they're "reimagining" yet another origin just to keep the movie rights.. Ugh I hate this world run by lawyers and money.
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5:59PM on 01/24/2014
What the fuck is this shit?Why would they recreate the origin story.Stan Lee is probably pissed off.
What the fuck is this shit?Why would they recreate the origin story.Stan Lee is probably pissed off.
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5:16PM on 01/24/2014
Why is this re/imagining re/inventing re/making even made?? Who asked for it ? Fans ?
We already have 3 FF movies ,which are bad. I want another Punisher movie and another Hulk . And we reeeally need another Robocop movie ; not a cop in a clean, polished and shiny metal suit. Oh yeah ! I am rambling. Wooo-haaa!!!
Why is this re/imagining re/inventing re/making even made?? Who asked for it ? Fans ?
We already have 3 FF movies ,which are bad. I want another Punisher movie and another Hulk . And we reeeally need another Robocop movie ; not a cop in a clean, polished and shiny metal suit. Oh yeah ! I am rambling. Wooo-haaa!!!
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5:11PM on 01/24/2014

Correct me if I'm wrong...

But the above synopsis doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Fantastic 4 origins. Is that correct, or have things been retconned?
But the above synopsis doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Fantastic 4 origins. Is that correct, or have things been retconned?
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3:51PM on 01/24/2014
These are comic book characters that I would love to see go back to Marvel. I'm a huge fan of the Fantastic Four and judging by all of this reboot news, the first two ain't looking half bad right now.

Still think that Fox is trying to be creative by casting Jordan as Johnny Storm which is a terrible idea. The ESTABLISHED character is Caucasian. They should cast a Caucasian actor for the role. How would people like it if the next Blade film featured Channing Tatum as Blade or some other
These are comic book characters that I would love to see go back to Marvel. I'm a huge fan of the Fantastic Four and judging by all of this reboot news, the first two ain't looking half bad right now.

Still think that Fox is trying to be creative by casting Jordan as Johnny Storm which is a terrible idea. The ESTABLISHED character is Caucasian. They should cast a Caucasian actor for the role. How would people like it if the next Blade film featured Channing Tatum as Blade or some other white actor.
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4:02PM on 01/24/2014
See, people keep referencing Blade, Black Panther and so on as scapegoats but nobody recognizes that the race of those characters IS relevant to the character and/or the theme itself. Much like Captain America -- we couldn't have Captain America movie with an African lead (unless it's a next generation type of thing) because there is no way in hell a black man would be a symbolism of America back in the 40's.

The great thing about the FF is that they can be ANYONE in ANY generation and it
See, people keep referencing Blade, Black Panther and so on as scapegoats but nobody recognizes that the race of those characters IS relevant to the character and/or the theme itself. Much like Captain America -- we couldn't have Captain America movie with an African lead (unless it's a next generation type of thing) because there is no way in hell a black man would be a symbolism of America back in the 40's.

The great thing about the FF is that they can be ANYONE in ANY generation and it just completely eludes me how anyone can't see that. Okay, his established character is white... and? So was Luthor, but are you honestly going to say that you had an issue with him being black in the animated series? Who the hell cares, that was the best Luthor we ever got (imo). but I digress.

It's 2014 -- the old-fashioned nuclear family is becoming less of a thing. I like to think that we, in this generation, are a bit more open minded. I, for one, welcome the new modern family into the theaters. Helps the next generation become way more open minded.
4:11PM on 01/24/2014
You make a good point, but I'm just a stickler for tradition. He's a really good actor and I'm sure he'll do a fine job, it's just that I like tradition and when that changes the transition is difficult.

Plus, I dislike most of the casting choices they would surround him with. Jordan and everyone they are considering just seem too young for this film.
You make a good point, but I'm just a stickler for tradition. He's a really good actor and I'm sure he'll do a fine job, it's just that I like tradition and when that changes the transition is difficult.

Plus, I dislike most of the casting choices they would surround him with. Jordan and everyone they are considering just seem too young for this film.
4:29PM on 01/24/2014
you keep bringing this point up in every F4 article, let it go. Jordan's already been casted, the movie's going to be made, There's nothing your whining and crying can do to stop it.. Who cares if they casted someone black to play a character that was white. Big freakin deal. Pull up your big boy pants and move on with your life.
you keep bringing this point up in every F4 article, let it go. Jordan's already been casted, the movie's going to be made, There's nothing your whining and crying can do to stop it.. Who cares if they casted someone black to play a character that was white. Big freakin deal. Pull up your big boy pants and move on with your life.
4:55PM on 01/24/2014
@The Clif - wait how is Blade's race integral to his character? From what I've seen/read it's no more important to the character of Blade that he's black than it is to Johnny Storm being white :s
@The Clif - wait how is Blade's race integral to his character? From what I've seen/read it's no more important to the character of Blade that he's black than it is to Johnny Storm being white :s
5:10PM on 01/24/2014
Might as well call it Blacktastic Four.
Might as well call it Blacktastic Four.
5:32PM on 01/24/2014
@soloist - you are the holocaust of humor
@soloist - you are the holocaust of humor
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3:43PM on 01/24/2014

Can someone please tell me if cast...

Who the f*ck would Michael B. Jordan play? I am not too familiar with The F4 besides that abomination we got with a sequel starring Little Nancy Callahan, Captain America, and that Dr. from Nip Tuck.

Btw I know it's the Human Torch but considering I don't know jack sh*t about The FF (as I mentioned above) I guess my question is, is there an incarnation of The Human Torch in the comics that's black? I'm totally out of the loop
Who the f*ck would Michael B. Jordan play? I am not too familiar with The F4 besides that abomination we got with a sequel starring Little Nancy Callahan, Captain America, and that Dr. from Nip Tuck.

Btw I know it's the Human Torch but considering I don't know jack sh*t about The FF (as I mentioned above) I guess my question is, is there an incarnation of The Human Torch in the comics that's black? I'm totally out of the loop
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3:51PM on 01/24/2014
No, there isn't. This would be a first. Which, honestly, isn't a big deal. It's not like he's playing Captain America. The characters race is irrelevant.
No, there isn't. This would be a first. Which, honestly, isn't a big deal. It's not like he's playing Captain America. The characters race is irrelevant.
4:51PM on 01/24/2014
@The Clif: ok. Gotcha. I thought it was something more like that new Spider man. I thought that the original Johnny still exists in the same universe but that Michael would be playing the next Human Torch or something. Kinda like John Stewart. But thanks for the reply. I was just a little confused. I appreciate it.
@The Clif: ok. Gotcha. I thought it was something more like that new Spider man. I thought that the original Johnny still exists in the same universe but that Michael would be playing the next Human Torch or something. Kinda like John Stewart. But thanks for the reply. I was just a little confused. I appreciate it.
3:35PM on 01/24/2014

PUT THE PITCHFORKS DOWN!

Bobafett22, release the hostages. Vesaker, disable the bomb. JimThePariah, step away from the ledge. It was a false synopsis people. We can all go home.
Bobafett22, release the hostages. Vesaker, disable the bomb. JimThePariah, step away from the ledge. It was a false synopsis people. We can all go home.
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3:30PM on 01/24/2014

Dear Hollywood

Seriously, you've had decades to reimagine/remake the Hamlets and Othellos of the world. The technology is finally catching up to the worlds created by comics and video games. We've patiently been waiting for this day to arrive because we've been wanting to see THE EXISTING FUCKING STORIES WE LOVE make it to the big screen. There's not a need to change a damn thing. None. Stop it. Your bank account will thank me.
Seriously, you've had decades to reimagine/remake the Hamlets and Othellos of the world. The technology is finally catching up to the worlds created by comics and video games. We've patiently been waiting for this day to arrive because we've been wanting to see THE EXISTING FUCKING STORIES WE LOVE make it to the big screen. There's not a need to change a damn thing. None. Stop it. Your bank account will thank me.
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3:19PM on 01/24/2014
They should call it the fantastic f*ck up.
They should call it the fantastic f*ck up.
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3:11PM on 01/24/2014
If cameras aren't rolling by the end of September Fox says good bye to the rights... Everyone keep down voting and only posting red box's on all FF production news, that in a small way might help keep production not really moving forward.
If cameras aren't rolling by the end of September Fox says good bye to the rights... Everyone keep down voting and only posting red box's on all FF production news, that in a small way might help keep production not really moving forward.
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3:11PM on 01/24/2014

Thanks for the update

Just make sure when you put news out, that facts are accurate so you don't have updates after updates of actors or Directors being misquoted or something that was written was fabricated....smh
Just make sure when you put news out, that facts are accurate so you don't have updates after updates of actors or Directors being misquoted or something that was written was fabricated....smh
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3:13PM on 01/24/2014
That's the nature of the biz, bro.
That's the nature of the biz, bro.
3:26PM on 01/24/2014
It's also the sign of quality... First half of the plot statement was posted around 2 weeks ago and someone added the last half in based off comments from ppl involved in pre-production. If the writer of the article stayed on top of this they would have noticed this...

Also doesn't help with spelling mistakes like 'comic bool'

Also doesn't hep when the page has been updated but spelling mistakes remain, is it safe to assume you don't read what you wrote prior to pressing enter?
It's also the sign of quality... First half of the plot statement was posted around 2 weeks ago and someone added the last half in based off comments from ppl involved in pre-production. If the writer of the article stayed on top of this they would have noticed this...

Also doesn't help with spelling mistakes like 'comic bool'

Also doesn't hep when the page has been updated but spelling mistakes remain, is it safe to assume you don't read what you wrote prior to pressing enter?
3:40PM on 01/24/2014
*aren't as in "spelling mistakes AREN'T fixed"

EDIT: Ah, you caught that yourself :)
*aren't as in "spelling mistakes AREN'T fixed"

EDIT: Ah, you caught that yourself :)
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2:56PM on 01/24/2014

um

"Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions."

Wut? So Reed isn't going to be a scientist until some 'accident' happens that gives him powers? That's so retarded.
"Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions."

Wut? So Reed isn't going to be a scientist until some 'accident' happens that gives him powers? That's so retarded.
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2:54PM on 01/24/2014

Reed becomes a scientific genius?!?!

He should alreading be a scientific genius! This is very obviously not the fantastic four. Fuck this shit[link]
He should alreading be a scientific genius! This is very obviously not the fantastic four. Fuck this shit[link]
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2:49PM on 01/24/2014

lol

now that's a pretty odd and specific superpower to attain through an accident/'event'.

"Hey man what happened to you after the accident?"
"Oh I can stretch my limbs out to great lengths just by thinking about it! Oh yeah and also my grades in my science courses went from C- to A++!"

Seriously that's like Spider-Man getting bit by a spider and then becoming a really good cook. Like what? Why not just do the logical thing and have him be smart with science beforehand...
now that's a pretty odd and specific superpower to attain through an accident/'event'.

"Hey man what happened to you after the accident?"
"Oh I can stretch my limbs out to great lengths just by thinking about it! Oh yeah and also my grades in my science courses went from C- to A++!"

Seriously that's like Spider-Man getting bit by a spider and then becoming a really good cook. Like what? Why not just do the logical thing and have him be smart with science beforehand...
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2:48PM on 01/24/2014

Hmmm

Doesn't anyone in Hollywood read the source material, or do they shit on it instead?
Doesn't anyone in Hollywood read the source material, or do they shit on it instead?
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2:44PM on 01/24/2014

I'm no 'purist' but...

This is bullshit!!!
I'm all for a few tweaks here and there, but they are completely changing this...
This still might be a good enough movie (although I doubt it), but this will not be 'The Fantastic Four'...SMH
This is bullshit!!!
I'm all for a few tweaks here and there, but they are completely changing this...
This still might be a good enough movie (although I doubt it), but this will not be 'The Fantastic Four'...SMH
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2:44PM on 01/24/2014

Oh good lord, you fucked with the origin story

I wasn't bothered with Jordan being the Torch. Hell I thought it was going to be a modern family-esque type of thing, which is something I could get with. It's 2014, a new generation, so why not..

But oh boy, you done did it now. I for one am willing to try new ideas. But hold on to your franks and beans. The fan rage is coming full force now.
I wasn't bothered with Jordan being the Torch. Hell I thought it was going to be a modern family-esque type of thing, which is something I could get with. It's 2014, a new generation, so why not..

But oh boy, you done did it now. I for one am willing to try new ideas. But hold on to your franks and beans. The fan rage is coming full force now.
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