While Josh Trank, straight off the success of “Chronicle,” being chose to direct Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four is probably a really good decision (despite that I couldn’t sit through the movie) I have to wonder what’s going on with the casting. It was recently announced that Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller would be playing the fantastic foursome.
All the actors chosen are good at what they do, except that they all are very…young.
Which shocks me because I was thinking that the greatest problem would be the casting of Jordan–who’s African-American (none of the foursome in the comics are, though when it was discovered that Idris Elba would be playing Hemidall, in the first Thor film, some didn’t take it all that well).
The last two Fantastic Four movies, directed by Tim Story (“Ride Along”) weren’t perfect, but at least the actors cast accurately fit the characters (with the exception of Jessica Alba as Sue Storm and Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom, that is) that they portrayed.
Of the four actors, I only know of Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station,” “That Awkward Moment”) and Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now,” “That Awkward Moment”) and while I don’t know much of the other two, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in terms of their abilities.
That doesn’t mean that the casting works though.