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This is a big week for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot as the studio is in the midst of screen tests for the starring roles in the Josh Trank-directed movie.
Insiders also say that Miles Teller, currently one of the town’s hottest young actors coming off of the Sundance smash Whiplash, tested for the part of Reed Richards, the stretchable leader known as Mr. Fantastic.
Christian Cook, meanwhile, is said to have tested for Ben Grimm, the rock-skinned strongman of the group.
The only person attached to the reboot at this point is Michael B. Jordan, due to Fox exercising the option it had on the actor after Chronicle, also directed by Trank. Jordan will play the Human Torch.
Earlier reports naming actresses such as Saoirse Ronan and Elizabeth Olsen proved to be incorrect as schedules and interest waxed and waned. Also not testing is Kit Harington, who booked the period drama Testament of Youth.
Dr. Doom is said to be the villain of the reboot (the character appeared in Fox’s two previous movies and was played by Julian McMahon). The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision is hearing that the studio is likely to go for a big name and isn’t ruling out switching genders for the role.
Sources caution, however, that this is not the end of the casting process and more may be read in the coming days and weeks.
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