Fantastic Four Director Shares Promising Casting Update

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A lot of MCU fans have been patiently waiting for casting news regarding the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot as they're looking forward to finding out who will play the new First Family on the big screen.

For the past several months, we've been hearing a lot of names who are rumored to have been cast to play the roles in the MCU although Marvel Studios has not made any comments yet.

Vanessa Kirby is rumored to have been tapped to play Sue Storm while Stranger Things breakout Joseph Quinn is reportedly the top choice for Johnny Storm. Meanwhile, for Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, several actors have been associated with their respective casting rumors.

One thing's for sure, once Marvel Studios finally announces the casting for the MCU's First Family, it will definitely become one of the biggest comic book movie casting news in recent years.

Fortunately, it looks like we are getting closer for that day to happen and it's all up to whether the studios will finally agree on a fair deal with the actors.

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Director Matt Shakman Shares Casting Update on Fantastic Four

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In an interview with Collider, Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman was asked when fans can expect to hear the casting news for the upcoming MCU film.

He revealed that the highly-anticipated announcement will be made once the ongoing actors' strike ends.

"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. Then, once that's resolved, there'll be a plan at that point, but I can't say too much," Shakman said.

"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."

As of the time of the writing of this article, the actors' guild is still in negotiations with the studios for a new contract. There is no date yet on when they will finally be able to reach a deal.

Shakman also revealed in the interview that, assuming the actors' strike will end very soon, they will begin production in London by next spring.

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He also teased that the MCU version of the First Family's big screen adventure will be different from anything that we've seen before in the franchise.

"It's different in so many ways. 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," Shakman said.

"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."

This is certainly an exciting update for fans who have been patiently waiting for any casting news for the project since we've been hearing several alleged scoops at this point regarding the actors who are in talks to play the First Family.

It's now all up to the studios on whether they can finally agree on a fair contract with the actors' guild. Once that happens, an official casting announcement should be imminent.

Fantastic Four is currently slated for release in theaters on May 2, 2025.

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