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Updated: The Spectacular Now's Miles Teller is rumored to be the top candidate to play Mr. Fantastic

Aug. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

UPDATE: Well, this one didn't last long. THE FANTASTIC FOUR director has taken to Twitter to quickly debunk this rumor, so for now it appears that the casting of Mr. Fantastic is still on the table.

When an article says that a movie doesn't even have a casting director yet, it makes it hard to take a casting rumor seriously. But, with no truly solid information out yet for Josh Trank's THE FANTASTIC FOUR, we will take what we can get.

With shooting set to start in September in Louisiana, THE FANTASTIC FOUR needs to get the primary cast settled. We have heard GIRLS star Allison Williams may play Sue Storm and Michael B. Jordan has been considered for the Johnny Storm part. Now, <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/which-spectacular-now-star-miles-teller-being-eyed-fantastic-four-video-exclusive-107906 >The Wrap has floated the story that THE SPECTACULAR NOW star Miles Teller is Trank's top choice for the part of Reed Richards.

That's right. The gray-haired elder statesman of THE FANTASTIC FOUR may be played by a 26-year old. If they are going to shake up the characteristics of the entire team, I guess this is okay, but this is sounding far from being THE FANTASTIC FOUR I was expecting. Teller is getting a lot of acclaim for his part in THE SPECTACULAR NOW, but I just don't see him as Mr. Fantastic. Ioan Gruffudd was the perfect age to play Richards and he was 31, but I never doubted he was playing an experienced scientist.

Whether this turns out to be true or not remains to be seen. I am still getting a lot of red flags on this film. THE FANTASTIC FOUR is scheduled for release on March 6, 2015.

Source: The Wrap

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2:29PM on 08/03/2013
Reaction to update: Phew.
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9:19PM on 08/02/2013
Speculation, speculation this is a game of speculation.
Speculation, speculation this is a game of speculation.
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7:06PM on 08/02/2013
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrre youfuckingserious?
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrre youfuckingserious?
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6:52PM on 08/02/2013
Ha. What's next. Daniel Radcliffe as the next James Bond?
Ha. What's next. Daniel Radcliffe as the next James Bond?
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6:27PM on 08/02/2013
Miles Teller would be okay to play the geeky kid version of Reed Richards from the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four. I personally like him and if nothing else he's the best and only part of the Footloose reboot that I found worth watching and that's saying a lot. Michael B. Jordan I think he'd be better suited for The Thing. Not because he'd be less offensive to fans if he's a 6 foot CGI giant, but I always thought that it makes more sense because The Thing is a massive powerhouse with a good
Miles Teller would be okay to play the geeky kid version of Reed Richards from the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four. I personally like him and if nothing else he's the best and only part of the Footloose reboot that I found worth watching and that's saying a lot. Michael B. Jordan I think he'd be better suited for The Thing. Not because he'd be less offensive to fans if he's a 6 foot CGI giant, but I always thought that it makes more sense because The Thing is a massive powerhouse with a good heart and that gives a better message to viewers than have Jordan play a flamboyant hotheaded playboy with money to spend. if you're not a rapper, only white people does that :)) *I'm kidding about the last part ;)*
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6:18PM on 08/02/2013

if you want to make a movie that isn't F4, make one that isn't F4

while they might very well be making an interesting movie, if you're going to chance the nature of the characters then why not just make a brand new film? as it stands now, it sounds like a unique film being delivered under the F4 brand in order to keep the rights and maybe get some automatic butts-in-seats.
while they might very well be making an interesting movie, if you're going to chance the nature of the characters then why not just make a brand new film? as it stands now, it sounds like a unique film being delivered under the F4 brand in order to keep the rights and maybe get some automatic butts-in-seats.
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6:10PM on 08/02/2013

Just let the rights revert to Marvel!

Every piece of info on the film except the director have served to push it farther down on the list of movies I actually want to see in a theater. Just let ALL Marvel characters revert back to Marvel and give us some epic films like Civil War or Secret Wars. (And this time don't cast a 6'5" dude to play Wolverine)
Every piece of info on the film except the director have served to push it farther down on the list of movies I actually want to see in a theater. Just let ALL Marvel characters revert back to Marvel and give us some epic films like Civil War or Secret Wars. (And this time don't cast a 6'5" dude to play Wolverine)
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5:11PM on 08/02/2013
If they're following the excellent early issues of Ultimate Fantastic Four, this could work.
If they're following the excellent early issues of Ultimate Fantastic Four, this could work.
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4:52PM on 08/02/2013

I Didn't Know That This Would Be FF: The Early Years

As much as I like Miles Teller and look forward to checking out THE SPECTACULAR NOW, this is a horrible idea. They need to go with someone who is 10-15 years older. I'm not saying that this reboot has to be dark and gritty but I certainly don't want another light-hearted affair with this group again.
As much as I like Miles Teller and look forward to checking out THE SPECTACULAR NOW, this is a horrible idea. They need to go with someone who is 10-15 years older. I'm not saying that this reboot has to be dark and gritty but I certainly don't want another light-hearted affair with this group again.
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4:41PM on 08/02/2013

Nope

Even though he is 26, he looks 18. Way too young. And despite Michael B. Jordan being an awesome actor, I really hope they don't cast him as Johnny. Johnny is white, it wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the fact that Sue and Johnny are brother and sister. Find something else for him to do in the film, but not Johnny please.
Even though he is 26, he looks 18. Way too young. And despite Michael B. Jordan being an awesome actor, I really hope they don't cast him as Johnny. Johnny is white, it wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the fact that Sue and Johnny are brother and sister. Find something else for him to do in the film, but not Johnny please.
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4:40PM on 08/02/2013
The casting choices so far for this film have been terrible. This guy is too young for the part and in no way looks like an established astronaut.

I want someone experienced and older for the role. Matt Bomer, Adrien Brody, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers would all make for terrific Mr. Fantastics.
The casting choices so far for this film have been terrible. This guy is too young for the part and in no way looks like an established astronaut.

I want someone experienced and older for the role. Matt Bomer, Adrien Brody, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers would all make for terrific Mr. Fantastics.
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4:41PM on 08/02/2013
I mean established Scientist.
I mean established Scientist.
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4:37PM on 08/02/2013

Nope

Even though he is 26, he looks 18. Way too young. And despite Michael B. Jordan being an awesome actor, I really hope they don't cast him as Johnny. Johnny is white, it wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the fact that Sue and Johnny are brother and sister. Find something else for him to do in the film, but not Johnny please.
Even though he is 26, he looks 18. Way too young. And despite Michael B. Jordan being an awesome actor, I really hope they don't cast him as Johnny. Johnny is white, it wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the fact that Sue and Johnny are brother and sister. Find something else for him to do in the film, but not Johnny please.
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4:34PM on 08/02/2013
Oh yes because he looks like a scientist/astronaut. Strike one.
Oh yes because he looks like a scientist/astronaut. Strike one.
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4:27PM on 08/02/2013
If this happens, I will literally burn their set's down.
If this happens, I will literally burn their set's down.
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3:40PM on 08/02/2013
Good actor, poor casting. But what do I care? I want to see the FF rights go back to Marvel studios. And that won't happen until the property is no longer successful.
Good actor, poor casting. But what do I care? I want to see the FF rights go back to Marvel studios. And that won't happen until the property is no longer successful.
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6:48PM on 08/02/2013
Agreed. How awesome would it be to finally see Tony Stark and Mr. Fantastic in the same room...
Agreed. How awesome would it be to finally see Tony Stark and Mr. Fantastic in the same room...
7:31PM on 08/02/2013
Mr Fantastic, Bruce Banner AND Tony Starks all in the same room. One can dream
Mr Fantastic, Bruce Banner AND Tony Starks all in the same room. One can dream
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3:38PM on 08/02/2013

Hurm...

I don't know anything about this kid and he does look to young for the part - and I hope they aren't changing it up so much that they are all really young - but my question is with Mike B Jordan playing Johnny Storm. Will Sue Storm no longer be his sister? I have no problem with most characters changing races in any medium - comics, TV, or movies - as long as the actor is capable, and in this case I def think he is, but then Sue's not going to be his sister unless they were adopted or
I don't know anything about this kid and he does look to young for the part - and I hope they aren't changing it up so much that they are all really young - but my question is with Mike B Jordan playing Johnny Storm. Will Sue Storm no longer be his sister? I have no problem with most characters changing races in any medium - comics, TV, or movies - as long as the actor is capable, and in this case I def think he is, but then Sue's not going to be his sister unless they were adopted or something? And with this casting rumor, it just seems they might be changing the story of FF too much. It could still end up a great movie, but would it really be a FF movie?
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4:28PM on 08/02/2013
According to the story of FF, Reed Richards is in his mid-20s when they first get their powers, so not changing much with this bit of news.
According to the story of FF, Reed Richards is in his mid-20s when they first get their powers, so not changing much with this bit of news.
5:45PM on 08/02/2013
Yeah, they eventually retconned it so that Reed and Sue were supposed to be both in their mid 20's when they gained their powers. However, when the comics first came out Johnny was established as being a senior in high school, Sue was in College and referred to him as her "kid brother" (so I'd guess there would be at least a somewhat noticeable age gape) and Reed was noticeably older than her.

So while they eventually went back and changed his age, I don't think he's ever actually been
Yeah, they eventually retconned it so that Reed and Sue were supposed to be both in their mid 20's when they gained their powers. However, when the comics first came out Johnny was established as being a senior in high school, Sue was in College and referred to him as her "kid brother" (so I'd guess there would be at least a somewhat noticeable age gape) and Reed was noticeably older than her.

So while they eventually went back and changed his age, I don't think he's ever actually been depicted as being in his mid 20's in the mainstream continuity, except for in flashbacks and stuff.
3:23PM on 08/02/2013
I'm sure Miles Teller is a fine actor but he is just unacceptable to play Reed Richards. Mr. Fantastic is an accomplished astronomer and this actor looks far too young to make a convincing Reed Richards.
I'm sure Miles Teller is a fine actor but he is just unacceptable to play Reed Richards. Mr. Fantastic is an accomplished astronomer and this actor looks far too young to make a convincing Reed Richards.
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3:22PM on 08/02/2013

WHAT THE FUCKKKK!!!!!!..

...whose bright idea is this...!!lol
...whose bright idea is this...!!lol
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3:15PM on 08/02/2013
Yeah I can't see a 26 year old astronaut either. Some terrible casting so far for trying to be different
Yeah I can't see a 26 year old astronaut either. Some terrible casting so far for trying to be different
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3:17PM on 08/02/2013
IN the comics Mr. fantastic was about 26 when he went to space. He was a child prodigy genius, who had a Ph. D in Physics and Electrical Engineering by 22 years old.
IN the comics Mr. fantastic was about 26 when he went to space. He was a child prodigy genius, who had a Ph. D in Physics and Electrical Engineering by 22 years old.
3:20PM on 08/02/2013
I did not know that, thanks for the heads up. I'm just used to an older looking Richard Reed
I did not know that, thanks for the heads up. I'm just used to an older looking Richard Reed
3:24PM on 08/02/2013
I guess its the gray burns and being too smart for his age. I'd prefer older anyway. At least Teller's talented
I guess its the gray burns and being too smart for his age. I'd prefer older anyway. At least Teller's talented
3:14PM on 08/02/2013
WOW! How did this take such a sharp right turn to shitsville so fast? I bet Marvel is just biding their time and letting Fox do whatever they want to fuck up this property so when it bombs, Fox will just decide to get rid of it and send it back to Marvel. Smart play.
WOW! How did this take such a sharp right turn to shitsville so fast? I bet Marvel is just biding their time and letting Fox do whatever they want to fuck up this property so when it bombs, Fox will just decide to get rid of it and send it back to Marvel. Smart play.
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3:13PM on 08/02/2013
I could be wrong but the original origin, Reed was a child prodigy and was in his mid-20's went he led the pre-fantastic team into orbit. So I think he'd be good. I was hoping they would go older though anyway
I could be wrong but the original origin, Reed was a child prodigy and was in his mid-20's went he led the pre-fantastic team into orbit. So I think he'd be good. I was hoping they would go older though anyway
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5:49PM on 08/02/2013
Nope, that would be in the retconned origin. You read FF #1 and he's nowhere near in his mid 20's. Johnny was originally established to be a senior in high school, and while the ages of the others weren't specified, there was a significant age gap between Johnny and Sue.
Nope, that would be in the retconned origin. You read FF #1 and he's nowhere near in his mid 20's. Johnny was originally established to be a senior in high school, and while the ages of the others weren't specified, there was a significant age gap between Johnny and Sue.
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3:10PM on 08/02/2013

could it be possible?

that they actually succeed in making a worse fantastic 4 movie than the first two
that they actually succeed in making a worse fantastic 4 movie than the first two
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3:19PM on 08/02/2013
Miles Teller is a better actor than anyone who was in the first one so I think they're doing just fine so far
Miles Teller is a better actor than anyone who was in the first one so I think they're doing just fine so far
3:46PM on 08/02/2013
I have never even heard of miles teller till this article, but I feel like I go easily GUARANTEE he isn't a better actor than Mike Chiklis, and prolly not even better than Chris Evans
I have never even heard of miles teller till this article, but I feel like I go easily GUARANTEE he isn't a better actor than Mike Chiklis, and prolly not even better than Chris Evans
4:21PM on 08/02/2013
@bealzf, coming from a fan of The Shield, my favorite show of all time, you'd be wrong. And if he's better than Chiklis, he's better than Evans
@bealzf, coming from a fan of The Shield, my favorite show of all time, you'd be wrong. And if he's better than Chiklis, he's better than Evans
4:36PM on 08/02/2013
I doubt he's a better actor than Chiklis or Evans.
I doubt he's a better actor than Chiklis or Evans.
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