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Reg E. Cathey Joins The Fantastic Four
Wire veteran will be Sue & Johnny Storm's dad

09 May 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Having cast one veteran of The Wire in Michael B. Jordan, Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank is letting his gritty crime drama flag fly once more, adding fellow former fictional Detroit resident Reg E. Cathey as his father.

Cathey, who spent several seasons playing Norman Wilson on the critically adored HBO series, is set to play Dr. Storm, dad to both Jordan’s Johnny and Kate Mara’s Sue Storm. He has prior form with both his cinematic progeny, since he plays Freddy in House Of Cards, which features Mara as journalist Zoe Barnes (the two haven't shared the screen there, however). As for how Dr. Storm will fit into the plot, that's anyone's guess, since Trank and co. are keeping their plans invisible for now. There's been speculation online that his experiments might play a role in giving the quartet their superpowers, but that remains to be seen.

The Fantastic Four also boasts Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Tobey Kebbell as Dr. Doom and the recently announced Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder - who in the comics worked for Dr Storm and was fired. With a script that has seen work from Jeremy Slater, T.S, Nowlin and Simon Kinberg, the film is shooting now, aiming for a June 18, 2015 release date over here.


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RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
@Kamadden: Thanks for that video. It raises a lot of very good points and does cover what I'm trying to say very well. Now... I'll point out I've never said it's just plain wrong to recast a characters race, or that it should never happen. As said, I enjoyed the used example of Idris Elba as Heimdal, and now I really couldn't see anyone else in the role. He did a great job. However, is the pointed out double standard of the issue that I take issue with, as I'm sure do many other peopl More

Posted by GrizBe at 16:43 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
L: GrizBe Comic wise... in the mainstream continuity, the current Nick Fury is actually Nick Fury Jr, an African American and the original white Nick Fury's son. The Samual L Jackson Fury, is from the Ultimate universe, and was designed to look like Jackson in the first place. The current mainstream one was places in because of the movie versions popularity. The mainstream one first appeared in January 2012, however, the Jackson ultimate Fury first appeared back in august 2001. More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 16:13 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
L: GrizBe As pointed out... we'd never see white Blade, or Storm, or Black Panther, Luke Cage, Falcon etc, as people would cry racism in the millions. Yet, this is pretty much the exact same thing they're doing... yet because its to a white character, we're meant to look the other way? was going to write a lengthy post about how you're right, that this is a double standard, but that it's a necessary one, etc... But it would just be quicker if I post a link here; eDon't worry More

Posted by Kmadden2004 at 16:11 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
L: Fozola I don't understand why they change the ethnicities of characters it doesn't make any sense to me. Sam Jackson good as Fury but why not stick to the source? What next? Johnny Depp to play Hendrix? Maybe Van Damme could do a Bruce Lee biopic. There are plenty of characters out there from all ethnic backgrounds that could be used. Johnny Storm was the typical blue-eyed blonde haired American boy, why change that? Strange...or is this just an obvious veer from formula to make thi More

Posted by Kmadden2004 at 16:00 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
Comic wise... in the mainstream continuity, the current Nick Fury is actually Nick Fury Jr, an African American and the original white Nick Fury's son. The Samual L Jackson Fury, is from the Ultimate universe, and was designed to look like Jackson in the first place. The current mainstream one was places in because of the movie versions popularity. The mainstream one first appeared in January 2012, however, the Jackson ultimate Fury first appeared back in august 2001. As for the whol More

Posted by GrizBe at 15:52 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
L: Fozola I don't understand why they change the ethnicities of characters it doesn't make any sense to me. Sam Jackson good as Fury but why not stick to the source? What next? Johnny Depp to play Hendrix? Maybe Van Damme could do a Bruce Lee biopic. There are plenty of characters out there from all ethnic backgrounds that could be used. Johnny Storm was the typical blue-eyed blonde haired American boy, why change that? Strange...or is this just an obvious veer from formula to make thi More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 15:30 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

Why switch ethnicities in the first place???
I don't understand why they change the ethnicities of characters it doesn't make any sense to me. Sam Jackson good as Fury but why not stick to the source? What next? Johnny Depp to play Hendrix? Maybe Van Damme could do a Bruce Lee biopic. There are plenty of characters out there from all ethnic backgrounds that could be used. Johnny Storm was the typical blue-eyed blonde haired American boy, why change that? Strange...or is this just an obvious veer from formula to make this further churn-out More

Posted by Fozola at 13:15 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Let's hope the effects are more believable...
But it doesn't require magic sperm or anything: there are perfectly logical rldations that can be made for siblings of different ethnicities. The writers can explain it in literally one line of dialogue if need be. Or just a shot of both parents if Mrs Storm is white. The sheer number of people who have had a moan about the Johnny / Sue casting is both ridiculous and disappointing (partly because the reaction isn't really all that surprising for the internet). As for the film: I'm int More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 12:43 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Let's hope the effects are more believable...
I can't agree with you Foximus. Even the most fantastical films work when they adhere to an internal logic - and details like this can really puncture the illusion. Anyway, it's certainly not a deal breaker and I'm expecting great things of this film overall, given the talent involved. More

Posted by launcelot at 11:49 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Let's hope the effects are more believable...
Why is everybody getting hung up on the ethnicity of the Storm family? It is possible for a mixed-race child to be a different colour to one of its parents, but I would imagine, for the sake of simplicity, that the Storms will be either step-siblings or one (Sue I assume) will be adopted. This really isn't an obstacle to suspending disbelief in a story where the characters develop superpowers. More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 11:37 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

Let's hope the effects are more believable...
...than Kate Mara being the daughter of a black man. More

Posted by launcelot at 11:21 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post


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