Despite last week’s news that Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was being brought on to do a significant rewrite of the script, 20th Century Fox is still movie full-steam ahead on its Fantastic Four reboot. Josh Trank (Chronicle) remains onboard to direct and Matthew Vaughn is producing the pic alongside Kinberg, and now word has surfaced that Fox is preparing to offer test deals to a number of actors that will read for the lead roles. Names like Elizabeth Olsen and Allison Williams have been bandied about over the past year, but this new crop of actors includes Game of Thrones and House of Cards alums along with a couple of other actors who have been mentioned with regards to the project for some time.
Hit the jump to find out who Fox is looking at to play the titular Fantastic Four. The film is slated to hit theaters on March 6, 2015.
According to Variety, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire), and Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) are in line to get test offers for Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, while Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Kate Mara (House of Cards), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) are poised to test for Sue Storm aka the Invisible Girl. Teller has been rumored for the role of Richards for a few months now but Trank denied the casting at the time, so it’s interesting to see his name pop up here once again.
Michael B. Jordan is apparently the only name being mentioned as a possibility for Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, and he’s had his eye on that role for a long while. Scheduling issues may arise with some of the aforementioned candidates, as Fox wants to start production on The Fantastic Four during the first quarter of 2014. O’Connell is set to play the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s historical drama Unbroken, which starts filming this December, and Ronan has admitted that she’s auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, which starts filming in Q1 2014 as well. Game of Thrones doesn’t start filming season five until July, so Harington’s in the clear.
Obviously things are still in a state of flux with Kinberg reworking the script, but a couple of these actors may very well end up in the final roles. Apparently no names have been mentioned for the villain or Ben Grimm aka The Thing just yet, but with a March 2015 release date looming I’m sure that’s next on Trank’s to-do list.