Josh Trank, who directed Fantastic has now revealed he wished to cast a black actress as Sue Storm but received backlash; the role, in the end, went to Kate Mara. Up until the start of principal photography on Fantastic Four; Trank chose an entirely brand new cast of characters to play Marvel’s First Family as Fox Studios sought to reboot the franchise after the lukewarm reception of Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2005 and 2007, both of which were terrible films.
It was then revealed that Miles Teller was cast as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm aka The Thing, Mara as production Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman, and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka Human Torch.
Fox At It Again
There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm and a black Johnny Storm and a black Franklin Storm. But I also, when you’re dealing with a studio on a massive movie like that, everybody wants to keep an open mind to who the big stars are going be. Like, ‘Well maybe it will be Margot Robbie,’ or something like that. But when it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.