If you haven't been living under a rock, you probably know who Miles Teller is, you sort of recognize his face, or at least you've heard of his latest hit Whiplash.
When I saw this guy appear on the edges of Hollywood's radar, I didn't expect much. He did have a face that was intriguing (in part due to the scars left by an accident he was in), but besides that he was just one of a dozen other 'college douchebag' types we see passing by every other month. But boy, was I wrong about my expectations.
He can pull off the types along the lines of 'college douchebag', which we've seen in:
- Project X
- 21 & Over
- The Awkward Moment
Fair enough, but can he play more dramatic roles?
Well, if you've seen The Spectacular Now, you know he can. Even Two Night Stand, which maybe wasn't one of the biggest hits of last year, but it did really show (even though he was a little bit of a 'college douchebag' as well), he can really add depth to a character.
Now, one of the trademarks of a household name, or an upcoming one, a big action movie hit. Divergent. The first part of the Divergent series indicates it's no Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or The Lord of The Rings, as far as making you a household name overnight. But it certainly can change your reputation, and career, in a very positive way.
And then there is Whiplash.
Wow. Seriously, if you haven't seen it yet stop reading, go to the nearest cinema that hopefully still shows it, and watch it. You can't wait the two weeks until the dvd release. Afterwards, obviously come back and finish reading this amazing article.
Welcome back! In all fairness, Teller wasn't the actor whose performance stood out the most. That honor goes to J.K. Simmons. But damn it if Teller didn't just go for it all the way. He might have a history in drumming, but this movie shows what this guy has in him, and it's only the beginning.
This year, 2015, young Teller has four different projects lined up for release, most of which are done, or nearly done. Two, however, don't have an official release date as of yet.
Get A Job
The first, Get A Job, has been in post-production since around 2012, it's since been completed, but it seems like it's lost in the limbo movies sometimes fall into if there's problem with release. Maybe the current and upcoming succes will convince CBS Films to finally release it. In all fairness, it'd be a genius move, I'm guessing it's old-school 'college douchebag' Miles Teller, that's starring alongside the likes of Anna Kendrick, Allison Brie, and Bryan Cranston. It's not like these people were unknown when the movie could've been released about 2-3 years ago, but they have surely gained a fair amount of popularity since then. Even Cranston, a veteran, became even more popular in this time-span by appearing in Argo and Godzilla, while beautifully finishing up Breaking Bad along the way.
If you take all of this into consideration, there's surely a lot of money to be made by releasing a never before seen film, starring current hot celebrities, shot 2-3 years in the past. Let's hope CBS Films realizes this.
Bleed For This
This is a tough one. It's a biopic in which Teller plays World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, read the plot as shown by IMDb below:
The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
This is probably an appropriate time to mention Teller's own accident. In 2007 Teller himself was in a pretty big accident. You can read about it all of the interwebs, but the reason I brought it up is: for some reason Teller seems to keep playing roles in which there is a car accident. The Spectacular now, Whiplash, and now Bleed For This. This has boggled me for a while. Me, personally, I'd be freaked out playing in such a role with that history, but also welcome the ability to challenge hardships from the past. So what do you think? Does he take these roles (on purpose) to find a way to deal with what happened? Do directors chose him for roles with car accidents because of his experience? Or am I just overthinking it and is there no connection at all? Let me know down below!
Let's move on. Bleed For This is a tough one, biopic's are always hard to get right, and it's a combined demand of both physically intense work, and inspirational acting. I really hope this turns out well, but I guess we just have to wait and see!
Teller should play bit of a bigger role in the Divergent sequel, so maybe this can be his try-out/dress-rehearsal for his last, and biggest film of the year. In Insurgent he can play alongside Shailene Woodley (his The Spectacular Now co-star) once again, and seeing them together is always fun. I also think Insurgent has more to offer, story-wise, than it's predecessor. In any case, this film is going to be a big hit I think, so at least Teller has a solid source of income for now.
Insurgent will hit theaters March 19th/20th depending on where you live.
And now the last, the biggy:
Once this one hits, it's done. I say once, because I'm fairly sure it will. Teller stars in the upcoming superhero franchise reboot alongside Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jaimie Bell as his three fellow heroes. All of these actors have proven themselves, most notably (for me) in House of Cards, Fruitvale Station, and TURN, respectively. Writer Simon Kinberg has got my trust as well, just take a look at some of the screenplays he's written, and he'll have yours as well.
This means it comes down to Director Josh Tank. He's fairly new to the game, but it seems like the people over at Twentieth Century Fox took a look at his (only) previous projects The Kill Point and Chronicle, and were convinced he'll be able to pull this off.
I hope the facts that Jordan co-starred in Chronicle under Tank's supervision, Bell starred in Jumper supported by Kinberg's script, and some of the actors have worked together previously, will make sure everything during production went smoothly. If so, Twentieth Century Fox's stamp on it is enough to ensure it's going to be a hit.
Fantastic Four is going to hit theaters around August 6th depending on where you live.
Since I promised I'd tell you both why Miles Teller will be a household name after this year, and stay that way, we have to take a look at the future.
Most straightforward is The Fantastic Four 2, which will come to the big screen June 2nd or around the 13th of July, depending on your sources, or maybe where you live. When Fantastic Four inevitably becomes a hit, the only logical step afterwards is banking on the succes and making a sequel. Lucky for us, and Teller, Twentieth Century Fox realized this a year before the original comes out, and three years before the sequel is supposed to appears, so they've already made this plan official.
Looking another year ahead - yes, it's three and a half years from now, but with the rate Marvel and DC are going we're going to have to look about 10 years ahead to anticipate upcoming movies - we see Twentieth Century Fox will release an untitled Marvel project on July 13, 2018. There's speculations to what this might be. Possibly a Galactus movie, but otherwise, maybe, an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie. If this turns out to be the case, Teller is going to have his path paved for future projects. This all is of course, if not something radical happens like making a deal with Marvel........? (please let this happen, we need everything in one place again)
As for non-superhero movies, I really hope Teller sticks along the lines of The Spectacular Now, Whiplash, and the upcoming Bleed For This, because I just really want to see more of what he has in him!