The new Fantastic Four movie reboot starts filming in the Southern US state of Louisiana this week, with Josh Trank, director of sci-fi thriller Chronicle, at the helm. The story follows four scientists who are exposed to cosmic rays and find they’ve developed weird superpowers as a result.
While the movie’s exact plot has been kept under wraps, we do know that Planet of the Apes’ Toby Kebbell will be joining the cast and is rumoured to be taking on the role of telepathic scientist Dr Doom. O Brother, Where Art Thou?’s Tim Blake Nelson is also tipped to be involved – if all goes to plan he will play American nuclear engineer Harvey Elder, who becomes the evil Mole Man.
Meanwhile, The Spectacular Now actor Miles Teller will play wealthy physicist Reed Richards, aka Mr Fantastic, and House of Cards actress Kate Mara will take on the role of super heroine Sue Storm, The Invisible Girl.
The new take on the classic superhero tale is expected to be darker than previous versions.
“The whole thing will be different from anything I’ve ever done,” explained Mara to Manhattan Magazine. “I really loved Josh Trank’s take on it, and I’m a fan of his last film Chronicle, which was like an anti-superhero movie – really dark, which is what I like. I like things that are rooted in reality and that are dark and not what you expect. And I think that that’s probably what ‘Fantastic Four’ will be.”
Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is due for release in June, 2015.