Why Is Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Casting So Young?

Fantastic Four imageWhile 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.

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2 thoughts on “Why Is Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Casting So Young?

  1. I keep seeing people adressing the ‘young’ cast as a problem – in relation to what? The other two movies? Kate Mara is 31, the guys are around 27. In comparison: Ioan Gruffudd was 32 at the time the first movie was filmed, Chris Evans and Jessica Alba both 24. Michael Chilkis was the only exception with 42, I believe. Sooo…?

    • Actually, the Human Torch was probably the youngest of the group. Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman were probably (in the comics) in the late 30’s early 40’s.

      Tim Story cast the movie perfectly (with the exception of Alba –though looking at her, you can see why she’s there–and Julian McMahon.

      Less important that the age of the actors that Trask cast is that, to a one, they look like kids (and that’s including Michael Jordan, who actually looks the oldest of the bunch).

      There’s nothing wrong with older, or should I say more age-appropriate, actors.

      Which Trask for some reason seems to be avoiding.

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