Fox has found its cast for The Fantastic Four, the reboot of the franchise in film that is planned to kick off June 19, 2015.
All four cast members: Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, and Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, were previously rumored for the roles, and had reportedly screen tested in January. Apparently despite director Josh Trank's vehement denial of all rumors on twitter, not all of them were far off.
The only cast members who have fully closed their deals, however, are Mara and Jordan - Jordan has been attached to the film for months. Teller is reportedly in final talks, and Bell has only just received the offer, but is expected to sign on. Mara has some superhero movie experience, having played a bit role as an unnamed U.S. Marshall in Iron Man 2 and a hero in Zoom, a smaller-focus superhero film in 2006. Jordan starred in Trank's breakout take on teenagers gaining powers for the first time, Chronicle.
The final script rewrite by Simon Kinberg, who is also currently involved in the X-Men franchise at Fox as well as the Star Wars live-action films and animated series at Disney/Lucasfilm, was the last piece of the puzzle before full casting would commence.
The story of the film will reportedly be more based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book than the series that launched in 1961. In the newer book, the team forms at a much younger age, with a teleportation experiment being the impetus of their powers, rather than a botched space shuttle flight. Sue Storm is also a super-genius in the 2004-debuting comic series, on par with Reed. That series was written by Mark Millar, who is Fox's Marvel consultant for both their Marvel Comics franchises.