21st Century Fox seems to believe they’ve found the solution for all of their Marvel movies that become financial successes but critical failures – they just hit the ‘restart’ button on the franchise and reboot it. That’s what Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn are doing right now with the X-Men: First Class prequel/reboot, and that is the treatment Fox is planning next for Fantastic Four (2005). The crux of their strategy? Hire better actors! That’s actually not such a bad idea.
Although I wasn’t blown away by the news that The Thing (formerly Michael Chiklis) would be completely computer-generated, or that Alice Eve and Amber Heard could be playing Sue Storm, I am actually quite surprised to be hearing that Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are on the studio’s shortlist to play Mr. Fantastic, the genius scientist whose body is elastic. According to sources who recently spoke to Screen Rant, either of the big name talents could be signing on to replace Ioan Ruffudd, who played Reed Richards in the previous two films.