Twentieth Century Fox looks asif it is finally starting to push forward on its Fantastic Four franchise relaunch. Coming on the heels of last week’s news that the studio had hired their comic book adaptation go-to scripter Simon Kinberg to be the latest writer to do a rewrite on the screenplay comes news that the studio is beginning to draw up some shortlists of actors to potentially fill the blue uniforms of the titular heroic quartet.
According to Variety, for the lead role of Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards the studio is about to extend test offers to Kit Harington, Jack O’Connell and Miles Teller, while Saoirse Ronan and Kate Mara are going to be tested for the role of Reed’s love interest Sue “Invisible Girl” Storm. Margot Robbie was originally reported as also in line for a test, but now it appears that she is not. There is no word as to whether Robbie declined, the studio changed her mind or if she was ever really in contention. Missing from the Sue Storm hopefuls is Allison Williams, who was rumored to be under consideration for the role back in April.
Additionally, Michael B Jordan is still being mentioned as in consideration for the role of Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, as was first reported back in May.
There is no word yet as to whom the studio may be considering for the role of the group’s fourth member, Benn Grmm, aka the Thing.
Reportedly the studio will be working on lining up their choices over the next few months while Kinberg finishes his polish on the screenplay. Variety points out that the only scheduling conflict amongst the potential cast is with O’Connell, who currently has the Angelina Jolie-directed biopic Unbroken set to be shooting at the same time that Fox hopes to have the film in front of cameras. Also, Ronan has admitted that she has auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII which will also be shooting in the first quarter of 2014.