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The rumors are true, folks: Miles Teller has indeed been having conversations about the possibility of playing the extra stretchy superhero Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The problem, however, is that the success of another possible franchise for the star could possibly prevent him from taking the part. It's the kind of problem that we all wish we could have.
Fandango caught up with Teller at the on-going Savannah Film Festival down in Georgia where the actor essentially confirmed that he has been having conversations about starring in his first comic book movie. Asked about the possibility of starring in The Fantastic Four the actor said, ""Uh, you know, I don't know. If that happens, if everything works out, then I will be pretty pumped. But then I'll also be working for ... it's like seven months out of your year. Which is not a bad problem."
The trick, of course, would be balancing the film with Insurgent, the currently in-pre-production sequel to the hotly anticipated YA novel adaptation Divergent. According to the actor, production on that movie is scheduled to star in April of next year, which could very well create some scheduling issues.
Teller's connection to The Fantastic Four has been a rather strange one that has been filled with ups and downs. The saga began in early August when it was reported that the Spectacular Now star was one of the actors in contention for the role of Reed Richard. That very same day, however, director Josh Trank took to his Twitter account to completely deny the story:
Then, earlier this month, a shortlist of actors being considered for the Mr. Fantastic role was unveiled, and along with Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Jack O'Connell we once again saw Teller's name mentioned. Now that the young actor has confirmed that he has had discussions about the part, one has to wonder what Trank meant when he said that the casting story wasn't true. Perhaps he thought that the story confirmed Teller for the role?
Regardless of who it ends up being, Trank and Fox need to start making moves to get the film into production. Last December it was announced that 20th Century Fox is planning to release the movie on March 6, 2015, but one has to wonder if the movie is actually going to be ready in time to make that date. Comic book movies like The Fantastic Four require a lot of post production time to finish priming the movie and getting the visual effects work done, and if they wait any longer to start shooting the film it's hard to imagine that they'll make the deadline.
In addition to Teller, other actors rumored for parts in the project include Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara and Margot Robbie for Sue Storm/ Invisible Girl; and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. Hopefully we'll start hearing some official casting announcements soon so that the film can get going.