With its March start date fast approaching, screen testing is underway for Josh Trank‘s upcoming reboot, The Fantastic Four. The only actor currently confirmed for the movie is Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch after Fox exercised the option it had on the actor following Chronicle, which was also directed by Trank. Today, we’ve learned about some of the actors testing for the other three members of the superhero team. Once again, Miles Teller‘s name is in the mix as he’s screen testing for the role of the elastic Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic. Although Kit Harington was also mentioned as a possibility for the role, the actor won’t test for the role, and will instead star in Testament to Youth.
Hit the jump for more including a surprising twist to Dr. Doom playing the villain. The Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.
At this point, Fantastic Four fans should be ready for the upcoming film reboot, The Fantastic Four, to be a radical reinvention of the famous Marvel family. It’s likely that they will be casting young on this one with names like Miles Teller, Kit Harington, and Richard Madden being rumored for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan rumored for Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, and Michael B. Jordan all but officially confirmed to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. The only piece of casting news that hasn’t come up yet is who will play Ben Grimm/The Thing. Today, we have the first casting rumor for the big, orange rock monster: Josh Gad.
Hit the jump for more. Filming on The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming on March 31st for a June 19, 2015 release date.
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.
Three of 2015’s blockbusters will be setting up shop in Louisiana this summer. Production weekly has announced that The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming in Baton Rouge on March 31st, which is a bit surprising since casting has yet to be announced. If this March 31st date holds, then we should be hearing some casting news for the upcoming reboot very soon. Next, Alan Taylor’s, Terminator: Genesis, will be shooting in New Orleans beginning on April 21st, and stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke. Finally, Jurassic World starts filming on June 2nd, and will star Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. Both Terminator: Genesis and Jurassic World are still in the casting process as well.
These three films are scheduled to come out within a month of each other. Jurassic World leads off when it opens in 3D on June 12th; The Fantastic Four follows in 3D on June 19th; and Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1st. I assume it will also be in 3D, but we haven’t heard an official announcement.
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.
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.
With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season. We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015. Why skip over an entire year, you ask? Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties. Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.
As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now. Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.
Movie studios have a tough time understanding quality, but they have no issue with quantity. They look at The Avengers and don’t see a well-told story full of sharp writing and interesting characters. They see a bunch of superheroes who have crossed over into one gigantic movie. Warner Bros. is making steps towards Justice League by crossing over Batman and Superman, Sony Pictures is working towards getting Sinister Six into The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and 20th Century Fox already has superhero teams with The Fantastic Four and X-Men. But it’s apparently not enough to simply have pre-made teams. For Fox’s creative consultant Mark Millar, those teams then need to interact.
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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."]
Girls star Allison Williams is making the move into features. Williams, who plays Marnie on the polarizing HBO comedy series, has booked a starring role in an upcoming feature film and has landed on the short list for a highly anticipated superhero reboot. Deadline reports that Williams will topline the Romeo & Juliet reimagining Rosaline, which tells the classic Shakespeare story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) is directing the period pic from a script by (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber.
The Shawn Levy-produced project was previously set up early last year with True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll in talks to play Rosaline alongside Dave Franco and Lily Collins as Romeo and Juliet, but that version of the film did not move forward. There’s no word on whether Franco and Collins are still attached, but the project is said to be mobilizing at 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news concerning Williams possibly starring in the Fantastic Four reboot.
20th Century Fox is doing a bit of polishing on their Fantastic Four reboot script. Jeremy Slater was tapped to pen the redo last summer shortly after Josh Trank (Chronicle) signed on to direct, and with a March 2015 release date looming, the studio is ready to start heading towards production. Just the other day we learned that X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is joining the project as producer, and now word comes that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has done some script work on the film. Hit the jump for more.
Though Matthew Vaughn was previously set to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past only to step down and let Bryan Singer take the helm instead, it looks like he might be involved with another upcoming 20th Century Fox superhero property. Vaughn remains a producer on Days of Future Past, and now proverbial Chatty Cathy Mark Millar has revealed that Vaughn will also be producing Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, which will be directed by Chronicle helmer Josh Trank. Hit the jump for more.