New Images from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four Show Off Talented Cast
There's been a lot of hesitation, to put it kindly, surrounding the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. And I've already admitted that I'm probably more excited for it than I should be. But, to be fair, I have my reasons, and chief among them is the stellar cast. None of them are household names yet, but they can all boast huge amounts of acclaim in either smaller films or television. The new images from the film, courtesy of Empire, show off this aspect of the film:
Miles Teller's career arguably has the most momentum right now, with a significant role in the lucrative Divergent franchise and coming off of a widely praised performance in Oscar winner Whiplash. I thought he was note-perfect in the film, and probably would have been a serious contender for a Best Actor nomination if the field hadn't been so overcrowded with showier performances. But his best showcase, in my opinion, is The Spectacular Now, in which he and Shailene Woodley managed to create a believable, natural teen love story, which is so rare nowadays.
Michael B. Jordan may be best-known for The Wire, but to me, he'll always be Vince from Friday Night Lights. He has achieved acclaim in every role he's done, from a tragic young drug dealer in The Wire to a tragic underprivileged football player in FNL to a tragic police brutality victim in Fruitvale Station. The latter proved his ability to carry a film, and many thought that his Oscar snub was one of the most egregious of that year.
Even at such a young age, Kate Mara has been waiting to break out for many years, with small roles in acclaimed films such as Brokeback Mountain, Transsiberian, and 127 Hours. But her big break finally came in 2011, when she co-starred in American Horror Story: Murder House and went straight to a well-received run on Netflix's House of Cards.
Jamie Bell is probably the least well-known of the four actors, at least as an adult. As a child, he played the iconic role of Billy Elliot, and has mostly made his name in small indies ever since. But he's been quietly praised in most of his roles since then, and is poised to come back in a big way.
So we'll have to wait and see, but I'm excited for this movie. In addition to the cast, Josh Trank has proven himself more than capable of directing a character-focused, naturalistic superhero movie, and the first trailer, while suspiciously close to the disappointing Interstellar, seemed to indicate a satisfyingly dark tone and overall sci-fi bent.
Fantastic Four comes out in theaters on August 7.