When you go check out The Spectacular Now, you’ll see that Miles Teller has the talent to become a major star. And while I’m a fan of his performance, I’m a bit stunned to learn that he’s being eyed to play Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four reboot. According to The Wrap, Teller’s in contention to play the role and is director Josh Trank‘s “top choice”, but the site also cautioned “that there is still a lot of work to be done on the Fantastic Four script and that Fox hasn’t even brought on a casting director yet.”
Hit the jump for more. Fantastic Four is set to open on March 6, 2015. [Update: Trank has taken to Twitter to debunk Teller’s involvement, saying “the casting rumor floating around today isn’t true…the end.”]
To be clear, I have no problem with Miles Teller leading blockbuster movies. The guy has charisma to spare. But if The Wrap is correct, then it sounds like he’s being considered to play Reed Richards proper rather than some Reed Richards flashback. If this is the case, it could be a shock to the system for some fans. And perhaps that’s the way it should be. If you’re going to go with a reboot, then go for it rather than just remaking the 2005 film but with a new cast.
We previously reported that Michael B. Jordan could be a contender for Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, and that casting seems even more likely not only because of his previous work with Trank on Chronicle, but because of the acclaim the actor is receiving for his terrific performance in Fruitvale Station. When Jordan was mentioned in connection with Johnny Storm, it was a report that made sense. Johnny is the young hothead of the group (no pun intended), and he’s surrounded by more mature members. If Teller or someone around his age is the choice for Reed Richards, then that means probably everyone in the Fantastic Four is going to be in their twenties. If you’re expecting Mr. Fantastic to be the middle-aged scientist with the graying temples, it may be time to start adjusting your expectations.