Twentieth Century Fox starts shooting this week for the new “Fantastic Four” reboot. Another popular comic series from Marvel that didn’t do so well the first time around. Now the new version begins production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week. Josh Trank is directing “The Fantastic Four.” For those unfamiliar, the basic premise centers around a team of scientists who gain superpowers after accidental exposure to cosmic rays.
As for plot details of the new movie, Trank and company have gone out of their way to keep things hush-hush. This has led to tons of online speculation from fans about which direction the new story could go. The most common hope is that we can see an “X-Men” crossover at some point. The Marvel universe is so big it could really go any direction and still pay off in a big way.
Here is what we do know so far. Actor Toby Kebbell will reportedly play the telepathic scientist-mystic Dr. Victor Von Doom. Last week it was also announced that Tim Blake Nelson (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) is in negotiations to play Harvey Elder, who in the “Fantastic Four” comics eventually becomes the supervillain known as Mole Man.
As for the main cast: Miles Teller will play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara will play super hot scientist Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as the strongman Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. Ironically, Chris Evans was the human torch in the last movie, now he is wrapped up in the red, white, and blue of Captain America in his own movie franchise.
Marvel Films creative consultant Mark Millar has described the project as a contemporary take on the comic with a sense of realism. Kate Mara has recently dropped hints that Trank’s take will also have its dark side and some modern relevance.
The first time “The Fantastic Four” went to the big screen was in 1994, and it bombed. In 2005 it was also a feature film directed by Tim Story, with a much bigger budget and better results. In fact, there was even a sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” in 2007, also directed by Story.
The new movieis scheduled for release on June 19, 2015. A sequel, also to be directed by Trank, is scheduled for release on July 14, 2017.
New Fantastic Four Movie