Fox Looking At Bruce Willis And Kiefer Sutherland To Be The Thing In Fantastic Four Reboot?

The Thing from the Fantastic Four is about to undergo his newest incarnation. In the 1994 cheaply-made adaptation, he looked like something that crawled out of the toilet. In the 2005 and 2007 versions, they actually seemed to do it somewhat right, having Michael Chiklis dressed in a rubber suit. For the reboot, however, they've decided to go with an all-CGI Thing (a la Hulk), which means that the actor playing the role will only inform the character through a voice. But who will that voice be?

Comic Book Movie and Screen Rant are separately posting rumors that Fox is pursuing Bruce Willis and Kiefer Sutherland to lend their voices to the comic book character, though the sites fail to reference sources for their information. The reports state that neither actor has been reached out to by the studio as of yet.

The skeptical nature of the rules aside, I'm not sure either actor is the right man for the part. Willis' voice is simply far too smooth, whereas The Thing has a voice reminiscent of car driving on a poorly paved road. Sutherland's voice is at least deeper, but it doesn't have that right quality. And why would you want a voice people are going to recognize anyway? If they aren't seeing the actor behind the character's eyes, audiences are just going to be hearing John McClane or Jack Bauer. Fox, just let Chiklis do it. To be frank, he was perfect.

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