Miles Teller Comments On What Made Him Sign Up For The FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

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fantastic fourFox‘s Fantastic Four reboot looks like it’s finally coming together. Director Josh Trank will finally begin filming the hotly debated and occasionally delayed film in about a month’s time in Louisiana. The four new actors portraying the latest incarnation of Marvel‘s first family have been assembled and fans have been very vocal about the choices. Michael B. Jordan is our new Johnny Storm, Kate Mara is Sue Storm, Jamie Bell is Ben Grimm, and Miles Teller is Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards. We’ve heard a lot from Jordan about the film and the his views on the vocal minority upset with his casting, but today we hear a little bit from Teller about what drew him to the project in the first place.

reed richardsIGN caught up with the actor to talk about his upcoming film Divergent, but they were able to get Teller to open up about Fantastic Four as well. When asked what drew him to the comic book film in the first place, the actor said:

Well, for me I didn’t grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily. Fantastic Four is my dad’s favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank. I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at Chronicle, you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together — Michael B. (Jordan), Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell — I was very excited.

So Teller‘s comments should put any remaining doubts about the cast being officially set to rest. While he isn’t a comic book fan himself, it sounds like the actor might be doing it for the joy it will bring his dad combined with the chance of getting to work with Josh Trank. After gushing over the director, the actor goes on to praise the film’s script as well:

I was joking around about a year ago, ‘I guess I’ll be playing a supehero soon’ because that’s just the world that we’re in, but I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we’re going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me.
When I read the script, I didn’t feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible superhero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It’s a proper character and that’s my favorite stuff to do.

The film’s story has been something we’ve heard countless rumors and concerns about in recent months. With neither Fox nor Trank releasing any official information at all, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s fact and what’s fiction. With filming beginning pretty soon, hopefully we start actually hearing something a little more solid than rumors and fluffy comments from actors shortly. What do you think about Teller‘s comments?

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