The Leads For The “Fantastic Four” Reboot Are Set!

Before I get into the casting decisions of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, let me just first state that it is going to be directed by Josh Trank, who directed 2012’s Chronicle. I have no qualms, nor will I ever have in the future, in saying that Chronicle is one of my favorite movies EVER. It was brilliantly cast, written, produced and directed. Having said that, I’m also not a comic book purist. I love comic books, but I’m not going to sit here and denounce the actors that have been chosen for the Fantastic Four reboot. What I am going to say is that it is 2014 and being creative means thinking outside of the box and getting messy. If Johnny Storm/The Human Torch is going to be represented by a Black man, then let’s go for it, shall we? If Sue Storm is going to continue to be portrayed by a White woman with a Black brother by her side, let’s see this played out on the big screen. Have we forgotten about a well-known process called adoption?

By the way, the lead actors cast as  in The Fantastic Four reboot are as follows:

Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing

Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing

Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch

Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch

Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic

Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic

Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman

Folks are going CRAZY over these four saying that they’re too young, too hipster, not right. Even Michael B. Jordan had something to say about all of the recent backlash- “They’ll See It Anyway”. He’s right- people are going to go see it anyway. Honestly, from my perspective, I remember the Fantastic Four movies of the mid-aughts and my mind wasn’t blown. Having a reboot of them seems so early, but with these young actors who continue to engage me with their art coupled with the possibility of Josh Trank’s vision, I’m in for the ride. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m just trying to understand how now people’s dislike for Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are coming out of the woodwork. I haven’t heard nor read nary a peep of hate for both actors, EVER, until this past weekend. Their respective work in Fruitvale Station, The Wire, Friday Night Lights, The Spectacular Now, and Whiplash means nothing now? Wow.

I’m neutral on Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, in terms of their acting work. As people, from interviews, they seem like solid people. In the meantime, I can only wait like everyone else for 2015. But I won’t talk trash because my gut instinct is telling me that this movie could end up being a sleeper hit like Chronicle was. But shoot, give some things a chance. I don’t want to see a reboot of The Neverending Story, but you won’t see me pouting and raising hell in a corner if Kodi Smit-McPhee were cast as Bastian Bux!

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