One of the better received casting choices for FOX’s upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot has been that of Kate Mara as Sue Storm. The “House of Cards” actress may upset some F4 fans today though following comments about the film in a new interview with Esquire Mexico (via CBM).
When the Josh Trank-directed reboot was announced, it was generally thought that the film would use the modern, reimagined “Ultimate Fantastic Four” storyline from the comics as the basis for the movie. That’s not the case, in fact Mara says she was told not to bother with the comics:
“I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions.
The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this. I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others. I understand that there are many fans of The Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that.
We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible. I was excited, but I only focused on doing the best I could. I think there are roles you get if that’s what needs to happen. I kept everything in perspective although expected to stay with the paper, because the movie has great actors like Michael B. Jordan (who will be the Human Torch).”
This would partly explain the casting which is unlike any incarnation seen in the comics to date. Right now the first potential look at the film could come during FOX’s Comic Con panel next Friday, but the studio hasn’t confirmed any such appearance. If it does go ahead, it’s going to have to bring the house down.