ByJack Giroux, writer at
Jack Giroux

The Fantastic Four is only nine months away, and yet we still know very, very little about Josh Trank's reboot. Of course that will change in the coming months as the release date approaches, but it's refreshing we don't know exactly what we're getting with The Fantastic Four. The same can't be said for most major releases coming out.

One thing we do know is that it has a terrific cast. With Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) and Tim Blake Nelson (Leaves of Grass), Trank assembled one helluva team. Their presence alone is worth the price of admission. After you see Teller's performance in Whiplash, you'll be convinced there's little he can't do as a performer.

Of course hopefully there will be more reasons to see The Fantastic Four than the cast. Speaking with actor Tim Blake Nelson -- who's in the very good [Kill The Messenger](movie:844459) -- that should be the case. This summer Nelson spent his time editing together a movie of his own, Anesthesia, and working on The Fantastic Four. In the latter film he plays Harvey Elder, a scientist who ultimately becomes the villainous Mole Man. We had the chance to briefly discuss the promising project with Mr. Nelson. Here's what he had to say:

That's going to be a really, really good movie. Josh Trank is the opposite of a cookie cutter director. In handing over the franchise to him, they're really going to have a compelling movie. What you're going to get with Josh Trank's Fantastic Four is an indisputably fast paced action movie, but one with psychological impact as well. His take on it examines what it would really be like for a young person to go from freakishly intelligent to being physically freakish. Just like with freakish intelligence, you might feel you don't belong. There's a loneliness to having no one else who can converse on a deep level. What would that be like if physical extremities were thrown into the mix as well? What would that do to a person? Inside of a superhero movie, he dares to examine that, like, how he did with Chronicle. It's going to be really smart, uncompromising movie in that genre. He cast real actors. Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell, these are real actors.

Nelson added that he had really admired Chronicle. What Trank did exceedingly well on that film was, while taking the characters and stakes very seriously, he didn't forsake a sense of fun. That's not an easy balance, but Trank pulled it off and hopefully he'll do it again with The Fantastic Four.

[The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) opens in theaters June 19th, 2015.


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