Was LaKeith Stanfield in the Running to Play Silver Surfer? His Reaction to Julia Garner Announcement Certainly Points in That Way

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A few months ago, it was announced that the casting for the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot had been finalized. Pedro Pascal will portray MCU’s new Reed Richards, with Vanessa Kirby cast as Sue Storm. Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Joseph Quinn will play The Thing and the Human Torch, respectively.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Julia Garner will play Shalla-Bal, a female version of Silver Surfer, in the movie. Shalla-Bal is primarily known as Norrin Radd’s love interest in the comics.

The fan reactions varied, with some expressing anger that Marvel Studios is changing another significant character’s gender from the comics. Others in the fanbase noted that the character was always female and welcomed the new interpretation. In response to these reactions, LaKeith Stanfield shared his opinion on his private Instagram account.

Thought it was going to be me but ig

The post has since been deleted.

We’re unsure about the context of his post, as it seems he’s suggesting he was considered for the role. However, it’s been known for a while that MCU’s Silver Surfer would be female. It’s also possible he was just joking.

Regardless of his involvement in the MCU, Stanfield’s career is on track. He began with a role in the short film ‘Short Term 12,’ directed by Destin Daniel Cretton as a thesis project at San Diego State University. The film won the Jury Award for U.S. Short Filmmaking at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Despite holding various jobs such as roofing, gardening, and positions at AT&T and a legal marijuana dispensary, Stanfield kept his acting aspirations alive.

Cretton reached out to him later to reprise his role in a feature-length version of ‘Short Term 12,’ marking his debut in a full-length film. While filming, Stanfield employed method acting, distancing himself from other cast members to fully embody his character. The film was well-received, winning the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival, and Stanfield earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. Following this success, he secured several notable roles that propelled him to stardom.

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