By: Mohnish Singh
According to a new rumour doing the rounds on the internet, Dev Patel is being considered for a major role in Marvel Studios’ forthcoming Fantastic Four film.
The rumour originates from Leaker MSSmods on Reddit who posted that Adam Driver is not a frontrunner for Reed Richards, but Marvel Studios is currently interested in bringing Patel on board for the iconic role.
Patel, who shot to fame with his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, has several notable projects to his credit. He has been a fan-favorite pick for the role of Reed Richards for quite a while now.
Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige and his team are aiming for a cast that features some really talented actors, so even if Patel is the front-runner, he might well be competing with numerous other actors nobody has even heard about yet.
We all know that actor John Krasinski played a variant of Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022, but the days when he seemed to be Marvel’s next Mr. Fantastic are long gone.
“There aren’t any discussions at all, the only discussion I had was actually in the second-to-last week of Jack Ryan,” Krasinski said while promoting the third season of Jack Ryan. “Kevin Feige called and said would you ever fly to L.A. and play in our sandbox for a day? I was honoured to do it. I flew right from Budapest when we wrapped and went right to the Doctor Strange set. I’m a big fan of all those characters and that world, so to get to play in that sandbox for one day was a real thrill.”
Meanwhile, Matt Shakman recently joined the project as director, with Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer currently working on the script.
Not much is out about the plot of the project, but Kevin Feige has confirmed that this will not be another origin story for the super-team.
“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” he said in a recent interview, comparing this new take on the heroes to Marvel Studios’ pact with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. “We have set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”
Fantastic Four is currently expected to release on February 14, 2025.
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