It looks like Fox’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four” is getting closer to finalizing its cast.
Sources tell Variety that Simon Kinberg has finished rewriting the script and that the studio plans to begin testing thesps for the roles of Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) by the end of the month.
Teller was asked Tuesday in an interview at Sundance if he would be playing Richards. He replied that, “Yeah that should be happening in the next few weeks,” making it seem like the actor was already on board. But sources say the actor was misunderstood and that he is testing but isn’t the frontrunner or officially attached. Other actors expected to test for the part include “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are expected to test for Sue Storm. Michael B. Jordan is attached to play Johnny Storm, but he is expected to test with the actors to see which group has the best chemistry.
Josh Trank is on board to direct the pic with Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers.
“The Fantastic Four” is slated to bow June 19, 2015.
Richard Madden has revealed how he risked life and limb to recreate the Klondike gold rush.
The Scot had to escape an avalanche by running towards it while filming the series, his first in North America.
And he was left hanging off a 9000ft mountain by a rope in a blizzard.
The former Game of Thrones star was thrown into raging rapids as he rafted down a river. And during filming of the epic Klondike, which premiered in the US two days ago, cameras froze at -38C.
Richard, who grew up in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, said: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Klondike shows humans in the rawest form, where the stakes are literally life or death every day. Things are out of your control and how you react defines you as a person.”
Richard, 27, plays adventurer Bill Haskell, who escapes life behind a desk to join the 1890s Klondike gold rush to find fortune and love with entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney, played by Abbie Cornish.
Richard’s most frightening moment came as they were filming above the clouds.
He said: “At that altitude, the air is so thin you can’t breathe but we were having to run uphill towards an avalanche – for shelter. We were at our limits physically. I always try to be as fit as I can but this was definitely the most physical job I have ever had to do.”
The actors were roped together, hanging off a mountain and buffeted by a blizzard while saying their lines, .
Richard – who is dating Doctor Who’s Jenna-Louise Coleman – said: “As an actor, you don’t have to pretend – you are simply in the elements the character is experiencing. We were at the end of our tether. The weather has been brutal and there were points when we were on a frozen lake where the cold was intense, reinforced by four huge snow machines – so the snow was really hitting you in the face.”
Klondike was shot in Alberta, Canada, and part way through, the location had to be evacuated after flooding.
At one stage, Richard – who is being tipped for Hollywood stardom after winning the part of Prince Charming in Disney’s Cinderella opposite Downton Abbey’s Lily James – had to throw himself into dangerous river rapids.
The actor, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, said: “I tried to convince myself that it’s just a big set and they can turn off these river rapids whenever they wanted.”
Executive producer on the six-hour series was Aliens director Ridley Scott. He said: “Shooting at minus 20C and even -38C, it is stultifyingly hard.”
Updated the gallery with a new twitter pic (outtake from the TV Guide SDCC photoshoot), new Klondike production stills and some new Klondike NYC Premiere photos thanks to Helen!
Back on January 16th Richard did a Q&A on the Discovery Channel Facebook Page replying to fan questions. Be sure to check this link to read the chat. He also replied to a question I asked ;)