‘Fantastic Four’ is currently the most talked-about upcoming MCU film when it comes to rumors about potential castings. Casting Marvel’s first family is no small feat, and many names were considered for the lead roles.
Now, it appears that the speculation surrounding the casting of Reed Richards has concluded, with reports suggesting that Pedro Pascal has officially taken on the role. Pascal, amidst a packed schedule with the ‘Gladiator’ sequel, Season 2 of ‘The Last of Us,’ and Zach Cregger’s ‘Weapons’ in 2024, initially faced uncertainty about fitting in a Marvel shoot next year. However, recent developments, possibly linked to strikes, have created a scheduling window, and the details are being worked out before the holiday break.
Just a quick reminder: Jake Gyllenhaal and Adam Driver were primary considerations for the role, but their high costs, as noted by Jeff Sneider, led the ‘Fantastic Four’ team to opt for a more affordable and popular choice – Pedro Pascal. Not only does Pascal fulfill the diversity requirement, but he also stands out as one of the hottest actors currently.
As for the roles of Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm, the casting choices remain undisclosed, but fans strongly speculate that Joseph Quinn and Ebon Moss-Bachrach are linked to these respective roles.
Sue Storm’s casting has generated widespread speculation, with reports strongly indicating that Vanessa Kirby will take on the role after Emma Stone, the initial choice, demanded a high salary.
The role of Galactus, a subject of constant fan speculation, was initially rumored to be filled by Antonio Banderas. However, a new contender has emerged as the current frontrunner—Javier Bardem. Amidst his busy schedule filming the F1 movie, Bardem is expected to wrap up ‘Dune: Part II’ before portraying Galactus in ‘Fantastic Four.’
Regardless, Bardem’s selection for the role adds an intriguing twist. With a repertoire of hits, including acclaimed performances in ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘Biutiful,’ along with memorable roles in ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona,’ Bardem brings a wealth of experience to the Marvel universe.
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