Patrick Wilson Confirms 'Ant-Man' Casting, Miles Teller Confirms 'Fantastic Four' Role
Two casting reports for two different movies are confirmed. Patrick Wilson confirms he's indeed cast to join Marvel's superhero movie "Ant-Man", and Miles Teller says he's tapped for Fox's new adaptation of comic book "The Fantastic Four".
Wilson is rumored to play a villain in Edgar Wright's film, but he refused to confirm if his character was a protagonist or antagonist. He did, however, say that it's an "important role." When asked whether or not he tried on a costume, the actor simply said, "No."
Meanwhile, in a separate chat with IGN, Teller discussed what drew him to the "Fantastic Four" reboot. "I didn't grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily," he admitted. "Fantastic Four is my dad's favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank."
"Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at 'Chronicle', you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together -- Michael B. [Jordan], Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell -- I was very excited," he confirmed the other three main actors.
Teller will play the elastic Reed Richard, Jordan will portray Human Torch or Johnny Storm, Mara will channel her inner Invincible Woman or Sue Storm, and Bell is set for Ben Grimm or The Thing. While Jordan and Mara already confirmed their castings themselves, Bell's rumor hasn't got an official word until Teller spilled the beans.
The "Whiplash" star added, "I was joking around about a year ago, 'I guess I'll be playing a supehero soon' because that's just the world that we're in, but I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we're going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me."
"When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible supehero tale," he went on. "These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It's a proper character and that's my favorite stuff to do."
The new "Fantastic Four" is slated for June 19, 2015, while "Ant-Man" is set for July 17 the same year. Michael Douglas is attached to play the Ant-Man inventor, Dr. Hank Pym, and Paul Rudd is booked to portray a newer generation of Ant-Man, Scott Lang.
Michael Pena is also in talks for an unspecified role. "We're [still] deciding though," he played it coy when asked about the matter by Collider. "I've been talking to Edgar and I think that he's an amazing [director]... Hopefully things work out."
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