As interesting and controversial as the Fantastic Four casting announcements were when they were revealed last night, they weren't quite 100% confirmed. The trade report revealing the actors and their potential roles merely said that the young stars were in negotiations, not set for their respective parts. It's possible that still remains the case for Miles Teller and Jamie Bell, who are said to be playing Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Ben Grimm/The Thing in the reboot, but we now know for a fact that Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara have signed on for Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four.
While the above image may just look like a slightly aged version of the Fantastic Four logo, it is actually a picture posted on Jordan's Instagram feed that came with the message "FLAME ON!!" as well as four emoji fireballs. Also confirming her new superhero role through social media was Mara, who unleashed the following Tweet this afternoon:
Feeling invisible....in a wonderful way:) #FantasticFour— Kate Mara (@_KateMara) February 20, 2014
Weirdly enough, both Jordan and Mara have experience within the superhero genre. Jordan, of course, was one of the three stars of Trank's directorial debut, the low-budget found footage thriller Chronicle, and Mara had a small role in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, playing a U.S. Marshall who delivers some bad news to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). It's only a matter of time before a YouTube user starts throwing clips together to theorize that Mara's two roles are the same and that The Fantastic Four has ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jordan, who blew audiences away last year with his performance in the Sundance fit Fruitvale Station, most recently starred in That Awkward Moment (also with Teller) and recently signed on to star in a new heist comedy from director Tom Gormican (also with Teller). Mara can currently be seen in the second season of the Netflix Original Drama House of Cards, in which she reprises her role as journalist Zoe Barnes. She'll next be seen on the big screen as a part of the strong ensemble featured in Wally Pfister's Transcendence, which will be in theaters on April 18th. You can watch the most recent trailer for the movie below.
While these Fantastic Four casting announcements have received a lot of backlash, I must admit that I am incredibly intrigued by them. None of the actors that have signed on for the movie are the actors who you would first think to cast in the film, but at the same time it's a quality group of talented young performers who could end up doing very interesting things with their roles. How are you feeling about it?