Fantastic Four reboot to focus on origin

Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg

Simon Kinberg says the Fantastic Four reboot will be treated as the "origin" of the story and will "ground the science" behind the adventure.

The 'Fantastic Four' reboot will be treated as the "origin" of the story.

Producer Simon Kinberg says the film which is set to star Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm aka The Thing, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as the Invisible Girl and Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, will "ground the science" behind the adventure.

He told "We're treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you'd have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."

Before he added: "It's a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man."

Meanwhile, it was previously reported Toby Kebbell is in talks to play the villain, Doctor Doom, which American Hustle's Jack Huston and 'Anna Karenina' star Domhnall Gleeson were also being considered for.

Fantastic Four

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Trank
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  • UK release: 6 August 2015

This adaptation of the classic comic book delivers yet another story about how a team of superheroes develop their freakish abilities, but it's humourless, drab and filled with self-important speeches about saving the world. Tim Story's 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films may have set the bar low, but Trank barely clears it.


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