Back in February, The Fantastic Four finally nailed down its eponymous superheroes and a few weeks ago it got an actor for the villain. Now that we know who’s playing Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell), and Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell), we can move on to the many, many other questions about the movie. One question is how will the costumes compare to the previous Fantastic Four movies? Those costumes stuck fairly close to the comics with the heavy emphasis on blue spandex and the “4″ badge. With a much younger cast set for the reboot, what other radical changes can we expect?
Hit the jump for what Kinberg told us about The Fantastic Four reboot, the costumes, tone, shooting schedule, and more at WonderCon. The Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.
Fox has set the final key piece for its Fantastic Four reboot. Chronicle director Josh Trank signed on to take the helm of The Fantastic Four a few years ago, but movement on the project has been slow to say the least. However, with a June 19, 2015 release date looming, the principal cast was finally firmed up in February with Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). Clearly the cast is quite young, and so when talk turned to who would play the iconic comics villain Dr. Doom, the shortlist included similarly aged actors. Now, with filming set to begin this spring, Fox has made its decision and zeroed in on Wrath of the Titans actor Toby Kebbell to take on the antagonist role. Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:
- The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
- The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
- An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
- Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
- An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
- Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
- Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.
More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.
With Divergent opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Miles Teller and Jai Courtney. During the interview they talked about working with director Neil Burger, why the police called so many times to the apartment building where the cast was staying, what can they tease about Reed Richards and Kyle Reese in Fantastic Four and Terminator: Genesis, and more
For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.” Hit the jump to watch the interview. Divergent also stars Theo James, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort,Maggie Q, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.
Remember when there was a rumor that The Fantastic Four’s version of Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) might be a woman? Well, if a new casting shortlist is to be believed, it looks like that rumor doesn’t hold water. The villainous role has apparently been narrowed down to these four blokes: Sam Riley (On the Road), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), or Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). Whoever ends up with the part, it’s going to be a 30-something actor from the U.K. who goes up against Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in the title roles. Hit the jump for more.
Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.
Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.
We have passed along Fantastic Four casting rumors for nearly a year now. It seems Fox is very close to finalizing the cast. THR reports the studio is in the final stages of negotiation with Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara for Invisible Girl, Michael B. Jordan for the Human Torch, and Jamie Bell for The Thing. Bell is the only name we have yet to hear attached to the project, but he’s a great addition to a promising young cast. Mara, nearly 31, is the oldest of the group. Heck, she’s older than director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who just turned 30. The age range may not match the public conception of the Marvel superhero group, but such a group of fresh voices reassures the reboot will look nothing like Fox’s other Fantastic Four attempts.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015. Hit the jump for background from the comics.
Perhaps you missed Rabbit Hole, but between Footloose, 21 & Over, The Spectacular Now, all the buzz coming out of Sundance for Whiplash and the fact that he’s clearly earned himself a place in the incessant blockbuster rumor mill, it’s obvious that Miles Teller is one to watch.In his latest release, That Awkward Moment, Teller steps in as Daniel, a 20-something living in New York City who’s busy at work by day and picking up ladies at night. When Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) gets hit with a divorce, Daniel and Jason (Zac Efron) decide it’s time to embrace the single life together. However, it’s easier said than done because when Daniel starts to fall for his wing-woman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), he’s genuinely thrilled to start the relationship, but just can’t build up the nerve to tell his friends.
With That Awkward Moment heading towards its January 31st wide release, Collider got the chance to sit down with Teller and discuss how the film has made him an honorary love guru. Check out Teller’s dating advice as well as what he told us about his preparation process, the challenge of establishing a comedic rhythm, his audition for Star Wars: Episode VII, potentially beefing up for Fantastic Four, his thoughts on the final book of the Divergent trilogy and much more in the interview below. Hit the jump for more.
112 days ago, we reported that Simon Kinberg would be rewriting the Fantastic Four reboot. As of today, that rewrite has been turned in, which means 20th Century Fox is expected to start testing leads later this month. Names circling the lead roles include Miles Teller, Kit Harington and Richard Madden for Reed Richards, with Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan for Sue Storm. Michael B. Jordan is reportedly attached to star as Johnny Storm, and will test with each group to determine who has the best chemistry. Director Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four is due in theaters June 19, 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Since The Avengers, Marvel Studios has been setting the superhero blockbuster tone and watching all the other studios try to scramble together whatever costumed crusaders they have. Marvel took the time to build up to Avengers and the company has the character library to move forward at a steady, deliberate pace. Meanwhile, this week has made it abundantly clear how badly the other studios want an Avengers-like movie and the universe to go with it. Wonder Woman will now be in the Batman/Superman movie; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so eager to lead into the Sinister Six, it’s probably showing off its post-credits scene in the first trailer; and X-Men: Days of Future Past is still five months away, but yesterday Bryan Singer was already tweeting about the next movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. We don’t know if these movies will be good, but we know they’ll be big.
In an effort to go even bigger, 20th Century Fox has made a deal with X-Men writer Simon Kinberg to create a Marvel-style movie universe for the studio. Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release date updates. Briefly:
- The Fantastic Four will now open in the midst of summer on June 19, 2015 instead of March 6, 2015. Josh Trank directs.
- The Assassin’s Creed movie has been pushed from June to August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender is producing and will star in the video game adaptation.
- Director Matthew Vaughn’s graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service has been pushed out of 2014 to March 6, 2015, taking over Fantastic Four’s previous date.
- The spy comedy Susan Cooper will open on May 22, 2015. Paul Feig directs and Melissa McCarthy stars, possibly opposite Jason Statham.
- An Untitled Vince Vaughn Movie (previously referred to as Business Trip) will open on October 24, 2014.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
Miles Teller’s career is heating up, and rightly so. He gave one of the year’s best performances in The Spectacular Now, he’ll be seen later this year in the R-rated rom-com That Awkward Moment, and then he’s co-starring in the adaptation of the young adult best-seller, Divergent. It turns out that Lionsgate is so confident in the movie that they’re already looking ahead to start filming the sequel soon after the first movie opens. In a recent interview at the Savannah Film Festival, Teller said he thinks they’re going to start filming the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, in April. However, it’s worth noting that the producers and studios may be keeping him and his co-stars in a holding pattern so that he has to keep that time frame available even if shooting doesn’t begin immediately. Keep in mind that Divergent opens March 21, 2014, and unless it’s a ridiculous hit, the filmmakers are going to want to keep an eye on the public’s reaction.
Hit the jump for Teller talking about possibly starring in the Fantastic Four reboot.
Another day, another actor confirming he/she has auditioned for Star Wars. At this point, J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are canvassing Hollywood to put together their cast for Star Wars: Episode VII, and it’s hard to find any young actor or actress who wouldn’t be game to at least audition for a role. Saoirse Ronan confirmed as much when she said that she went in for a part but “so has everyone,” and now Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan has confirmed that he read for a role as well.
Additionally, Harrison Ford has chimed in about reprising two of his most famous characters, saying he hasn’t made a decision yet with regards to a Star Wars return but he’s eager to break out the whip for another go-around with Indiana Jones. Hit the jump for more, including Jordan’s comments on him possibly starring in The Fantastic Four and Independence Day 2.
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.
Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot is getting yet another screenwriter. Shortly after Chronicle helmer Josh Trank came onboard to direct, Fox set Jeremy Slater to pen the script for the new superhero film. Development continued over the past year, during which Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) came onboard to do a polish on the screenplay. Casting rumors have swirled as of late, with Michael B. Jordan, Allison Williams, and Miles Teller all being mentioned as possibilities for lead roles, but it now appears that there’s still quite a bit of work to do before production can begin, as Fox has tapped X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg to do a “significant” rewrite on the project. Hit the jump for more.