It was no secret that actor Miles Teller had been linked to the "Fantastic Four" reboot for months, though his casting was only officially confirmed last month. Now, Teller is free to discuss the project openly, and in an a recent interview, the new Mr. Fantastic says the superheroes will start out anything but.
Speaking with IGN, Teller admitted that he wasn't a comic fan growing up, adding that director Josh Trank's vision for the new "Four" film was what initially interested him in the project. And, according to the actor, that vision will differ from other big-budget comic book flicks in a major way.
"I was joking around about a year ago, 'I guess I'll be playing a superhero 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," Teller said. "When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible superhero tale. 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."
There's a lot to parse from what Teller said, but the major takeaway is that the actor is hinting at a potential revamp of the classic Fantastic Four origin story, which has our heroes' gang form in outer space. So what does Trank have up his sleeve instead? That's still unclear, but as Teller told IGN, he's willing to trust the director's gut.
"I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy," Teller said. "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."
"The Fantastic Four" hits theaters June 19, 2015.
[via: IGN, h/t Cinema Blend]
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