January 16, 2017

Alice Eve, Adrien Brody in latest “Fantastic Four” casting rumors

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Something is afoot in the land of the “Fantastic Four” reboot.

How else would you explain multiple casting rumors hitting the Web within days of one another? Production meetings must be being held behind the scenes at Fox, because as far as we know, the announced project doesn’t even have a director on hand to help with these casting decisions, let alone a firm schedule or tentative release date.

With that being said, who is reportedly in contention to join Marvel’s dysfunctionally fantastic family?

Well, Alice Eve for starters. Comic Book Movie says the gorgeous blonde – who was supposed to be up for Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” also at Fox – is being considered for Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman. She would replace Jessica Alba, who most recently played Sue in Tim Story’s two “Fantastic Four” flicks. Also rumored to be up for the part, though, is Amber Heard of “The Joneses” and “Pineapple Express.”

Good choices? Sure. Sue has been window dressing in previous “Four” movies, and both actresses are very easy on the eyes. And when she triggers her powers, she’s invisible, so you could cast Mickey Rourke and it wouldn’t matter.

Reed Richards, however, plays a more vital role in the “Four” formation, and Fox is weighing a few good actors (if rumors can be believed). ScreenRant says Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are vying for the team leader.

While I do think Brody would be excellent as Mr. Fantastic, he did just sign on for Tony Kaye’s “Detachment,” so his involvement in a “Four” reboot would only push the project back further.

Casting is great, but I want to know who is helming this beast. Tone will be vital to a “Fantastic Four” reboot, as previous efforts from Story and Roger Corman (who produced) were more cartoonish than the books. So let’s get someone serious in the director’s chair, so this franchise finally soars the way “FF” fans know that it can.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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