"The Fantastic Four" remake has found its Sue and Johnny Storm's father in Reg E. Cathey. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Wire" actor is tapped to play Dr. Storm, the father of Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), in the rebooted franchise.
In Marvel's Earth-616 Universe, Dr. Storm is a surgeon who struggles to cope with the death of his wife and gets estranged from his children. Meanwhile, in the Ultimate universe, he is a doctor who takes part in the science project that creates the Fantastic Four. He's also responsible for firing Harvey Elder from the program, leading the latter to choose the dark side and become Mole Man.
Tim Blake Nelson is cast Harvey Elder, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell are set to play Reed Richards or the rubber man and Ben Grimm or The Thing respectively, while Toby Kebbell will channel his inner villain as Doctor Doom. Josh Trank serves as a director, and Simon Kinberg writes the script. It is due on June 19, 2015 in the U.S., followed by "The Fantastic Four 2" on July 14, 2017.
In a new interview with Collider during "X-Men: Days of Future Past" press tour, the screenwriter reveals the movie will be converted to 3D in post-production. "We're definitely imagining the story in 3D as we're making it, and it has powers that are well-suited to telling the story in 3D - not just Reed, but you have somebody that is on fire, and that's something that can be immersive and scary."
"The reason to use 3D in this Fantastic Four, I think, is to make the experience feel as immersive as possible, where you feel like you're with the characters looking at themselves and looking at each other with these bizarre powers and feeling like they're really interacting with you."
The filming has begun and, according to Kinberg, "the energy on set is great." He praises the director, "Josh Trank is fantastic on set. Really in command, really clear, and the thing that is most unique or defining about the new Fantastic Four is the tone."
"We're approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way. The playfulness or goofiness of those other movies is very, very different from what we're trying to do, and that is true for the production design, the casting, the storytelling."
"But you never know until you get on set how it's all gonna start to feel, and just seeing those actors and seeing Josh, the way he's articulating the tone and the way the actors are executing it gives me a lot of confidence that we'll actually be able to make a cool Fantastic Four movie."