Marvel Studios’ casting for Fantastic Four continues to be a hot topic in the film discussion space. Names like Vanessa Kirby, Joesph Quinn, Dev Patel, Jack Quaid, and Adam Driver (Yes, still) are being thrown around for reportedly being on the shortlist for Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Johnny Storm and The Thing. But another interesting detail claims the film will not take place in the modern day.
It’s been a long and arduous process for Marvel in finding the right actors to portray their live-action Fantastic Four characters. The auditions kicked off sometime in late February 2023 and although the studio apparently came close to signing a deal with A-listers like Margot Robbie & Adam Driver – talks broke off in the final stage for various reasons.
Marvel once again resumed their search just prior to the Actors Strike and details regarding the stars that were approached for the Fantastic Four roles have begun to surface. One such interesting scoop, though not related to the casting process indicates that Marvel’s first family feature will take place in the past.
According to insider Grace Randolph, Fantastic Four is reportedly set in the 1960s. Before you wonder how Marvel would address their presence in a modern-day setting – the superheroes “will be sent out of time similar to Captain America.”
If true, perhaps Hank Pym, Howard Stark and other renowned scientists of the time may have knowledge of the Fantastic Four’s existence. Nonetheless, readers are urged to take this with a grain of salt.
Marvel Studios ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ film will reportedly be set in the 1960s and they will be sent out of time similar to Captain America.
— Fantastic Four Updates (@F4Update) August 4, 2023
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 3, 2023
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 5, 2023
Some sites have been writing up every single FANTASTIC FOUR rumor, but this is @LineAbove's FIRST report on the cast. I moved THE HOT MIC up b/c this was all happening in real-time. Sorry it got a little messy there for a sec but now that the dust has settled, here's the story… https://t.co/4Qjx7IzfDM
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 3, 2023
DEV PATEL!!! We MUST get this done!
SISTERS UNITE. THE POWER OF THREE WILL SET US FREE. THE POWER OF THREE WILL SET US FREE! IN THIS NIGHT, IN THIS HOUR, I CALL UPON THE ANCIENT POWER- https://t.co/lZitQTCsAG
— El Mago Haitiano (@AtlantisFell) August 3, 2023
— mil (@ChampagnePuthy) August 3, 2023
Dev Patel or Adam driver as Reed Richards is way better than Matt Smith pic.twitter.com/rEabiG5MAT
— BN Across the Spider-Verse (@gdechernynoir) August 3, 2023
dev patel is the only option. i’m making calls as we speak https://t.co/6SbtNg0HUZ
— afro-arakkii leo says🔺RESIST🔺 (@arakkisuperstar) August 3, 2023
— ale (@unapologeticsol) August 4, 2023
In the matter of F4’s casting – It should be noted although actors are not allowed to negotiate contracts for upcoming projects due to the SAG-AFTRA strike – there have been speculations that representatives for the artists have been discussing with studios. In fact, Above the Line’s Jeff Sneider, who broke the report on Joseph Quinn being eyed for Johnny Storm, says otherwise.
“Just because actors can’t act doesn’t mean agents can’t agent. They aren’t on strike and they’re the ones who actually negotiate, not the actors… let’s not be naive here.” In any case, actors will not be able to sign contracts until the Actors Strike resolves.
Meanwhile, many fans are entertaining the idea of Dev Patel playing Reed Richards. But with a few sources like MTTSH and Randolph indicating that Driver is still being courted by Marvel Studios for the role – fans have not lost hope in the Star Wars actor portraying Mr. Fantastic.
Patel has been fan cast for the role too but the Green Knight star but since 2010’s The Last Airebender‘s abysmal result, the actor has stepped away from participating in blockbuster projects.
If you truly believe no one is in talks for anything right now, I'm honestly not sure what to tell ya. Just because actors can't act doesn't mean agents can't agent. They aren't on strike and they're the ones who actually negotiate, not the actors… let's not be naive here. https://t.co/QvrLaoJjd1
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 4, 2023
— ❤️🔥 (@JOELSMILLRR) August 4, 2023
DEV PATEL IN FANTASTIC FOUR (potentially) pic.twitter.com/uWENoTGyCR
— 🌟 (@hellaslugs) August 3, 2023
Not sure where his name suddenly popped up from but yeah Dev Patel is easily the best name out of the rumored choices for Mr. Fantastic pic.twitter.com/NQueHrnEI7
— Dr.Awesome (@DrAwesome_x) August 5, 2023
they cast dev patel and they got me back. it’s that easy https://t.co/Rb8sdcQWlt
— la’fred (@LustforLife__) August 3, 2023
Dev Patel would be so much better than both other options and so I’m betting he won’t get it https://t.co/Sq4JuZYjqi
— Christian. (@Chriswashere321) August 4, 2023
For Johnny Storm, a rumor that Jack Quaid was approached for the role had fans in favor of the casting. Unfortunately, Quaid quickly dismissed the rumor, “Nope. Not playing Johnny Storm. But hey I’m flattered.” and rather offered a voice for the SAG-AFTRA foundation.
Even so, Grace Randolph shared an interesting development to the rumor claiming Jack Quaid is in Fantastic Four but “he’s just not playing Johnny Storm!”. In the case of Ben Grimm/The Thing, Sneider says Marvel has already cast the role but an actor’s name was not shared.
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