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An update on casting and release date information for Marvel's Fantastic Four movie
Photo: © ANP

An update on casting and release date information for Marvel's Fantastic Four movie

An update on casting and release date information for Marvel's Fantastic Four movie
Photo: © ANP

Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman has provided some new details on his reboot of the franchise for Marvel.

There have been two attempts to kick off a successful Fantastic Four franchise, first in 2005 and then in 2015 with a new group of actors.

Neither were critically well received, while 2015's version of the Fantastic Four was a box office bomb.

Now that the Fantastic Four are set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the casting rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Several huge names have been tipped to star including Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, John Krasinski, Glenn Howerton, Adam Driver, Paul Mescal, Andrew Lincoln, Daveed Diggs and Timothee Chalamet.

Shakman's latest comments would suggest that casting has been concluded, but he can't tell us who will take the roles of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm.

"Hard to say. Like I said, we're in the middle of a SAG strike, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they get a great deal really soon and we can go back," he told Collider when asked about when casting will be announced.

"Then, once that's resolved, there'll be a plan at that point, but I can't say too much. There will be an announcement at some point! I know that the internet is very excited to find out, and I'm excited to share it. I just can't do it yet."

Fantastic Four to start shooting in 2024

The writer and actor strikes have postponed production on Fantastic Four, but Shakman promised that shooting would commence in 2024 and claimed the movie would be nothing like anything Marvel has ever done previously.

"It's different in so many ways," he revealed.

"I wish I could be specific. I wish I could say more. But we are doing things very differently from a story standpoint, from an approach to the filmmaking standpoint, that really fits the material. I wish I could say more. I would love to, but I can't. But I think it's going to be unlike anything you've seen before, and certainly unlike anything at Marvel that you've seen before.

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