After months of speculation over who might play Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four, the wait may be finally over. While a deal is far from done, sources tell Deadline that three-time Emmy nominee Pedro Pascal is in talks to play the leader of the iconic superhero team.
Insiders add that scheduling is still being worked out, but multiple sources close to the negotiations are saying it’s headed in the right direction for Pascal to do this and his other future projects. Pascal has a full dance card that includes Gladiator 2, which is expected to go into production before the end of the year, as well as his popular HBO series The Last Of Us, which is expected to shoot next year as well as Zach Cregger’s Weapons.
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Marvel had no comment.
As for other members of the team, that can now be worked out as it was essential to figure out who would be playing Richards before they could go out with offers to others. The hope would be to shoot early next year, so expect this cast to fill out quickly with director Matt Shakman currently in pre-production at Pinewood Studios in England. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce.
Pascal has been on quite the run in recent years including his Emmy-nominated role in the hit HBO series The Last of Us (he was also nominated for hosting Saturday Night Live, which was one of the more popular episodes of last season). He also has Zach Cregger’s next film Weapons.
He is repped by CAA.
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