UPDATE: The Fantastic Four Is NOT Looking At Josh Gad To Play The Thing

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-01-28 06:59:30discussion comments
When he isn't busy prepping for a Fantastic Four movie that still hasn't bothered to announce a cast, director Josh Trank spends his day shooting down F.F. rumors on Twitter. One way to avoid all of this incessant internet speculation? Put out a press release about the movie. Fans are curious. Here's Trank on that Josh Gad rumor:



From earlier: While Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan have all had their names tossed into the mix to play The Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, one character that has remained a giant question mark is The Thing a.k.a. Ben Grimm. As many casting reports as we've heard, none of them have mentioned potential actors for the gruff superhero made of orange rock... that is, until today. Movies.com has gotten its hands on some information that suggests that 20th Century Fox's number one choice for the role of The Thing is none other that Frozen star Josh Gad.

The site says that this information comes courtesy of "casting circles close to the film," but at this point its unclear exactly how close the casting is to becoming real. While nothing has been made official, its noted that Gad - who will be turning 33 next month - is around the same age as the other actors who are trying out for other parts in the movie.

Gad has been slowly climbing the Hollywood ladder ever since he broke out starring in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His career experienced a bit of a hiccup early last year when his NBC series 1600 Penn failed to stay on the air past its first season, suffering from bad reviews and low ratings. Later in the year he got his groove back, however, lending his voice to the lovable snoman Olaf in Walt Disney Animation's Frozen:



As for the idea of Gad playing The Thing, I'm not really sure what to think of it. The comic book character is classically rough and tough on the outside and has a heart of gold within, and while I think Gad can definitely handle the latter part of that personality, I'm not entirely sure about the former. Remember: the last time that they cast an actor as The Thing the studio decided to go with the lead actor from The Shield:



We still don't know exactly how Trank plans on bringing the orange rock character back to the big screen, be it through practical effects, CGI or motion-capture, but that's all information when should learn about fairly soon. Actors will be going in to test for the Fantastic Four's main roles all this week, and production is scheduled to start up at the end of March down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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