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Fantastic Four

Release Date: July 8, 2005

September 16, 2004
Fantastic Four to do battle with Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures has set the release date for the Steven Spielberg-directed War of the Worlds as June 29, 2005, which will give the film a long, six-day holiday week to rack up the box office. The Tom Cruise starrer will be in direct competition with the 20th Century Fox superhero flick, Fantastic Four. That Marvel Comics adaptation will debut on July 1st, two days later. Previously, Cruise's Mission: Impossible 3 was scheduled on the same date before that film's production was flip-flopped with War of the Worlds.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

September 15, 2004
Menounos is Fantastic

Entertainment Tonight's Maria Menounos has signed on for a role in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four. She'll play a nurse who is the love interest of the Human Torch in the Tim Story-directed film. She joins current cast members Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

August 3, 2004
Nip/Tuck star is Doomed

Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) is set to star as the well-known villain Dr. Doom in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four. The movie, which is being directed by Tim Story, starts production this month in Vancouver. Doom is a brilliant but insane scientist who hides his scarred face behind a metal mask. He battles the Fantastic Four, which is comprised of Ben Richards/The Thing (Michael Chiklis), Sue Richards/The Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffud) and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch (Chris Evans). The screenplay was written by Simon Kinberg.
Source: Variety

July 14, 2004
Alba is The Invisible Girl

Confirming rumors that came from 20th Century Fox earlier in the week, Jessica Alba has indeed been cast as Susan Storm (aka The Invisible Girl) in the studio's upcoming adaptation of the Fantastic Four comic. Other members of the Fantastic Four include Michael Chiklis (Benjamin Grimm/The Thing), Ioan Gruffudd (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. The four develop their superpowers when their spaceship is exposed to cosmic radiation. Their frequent arch-villain rival is Dr. Doom. The film will be directed by Tim Story from a screenplay by Simon Kinberg.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

July 8, 2004
Superhero film casts three out of Four

20th Century Fox has found three of its superheroes for the upcoming film Fantastic Four. Michael Chiklis (TV's The Shield) is onboard as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Ioan Gruffudd (King Arthur) is playing Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, and Chris Evans (Cellular) is Johnny Storm/the Human Torch. The rumored frontrunner for the Sue Richards/Invisible Woman role is Jessica Alba (TV's Dark Angel), with Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Keri Russell (Felicity) also being considered. The movie is set to start filming in September on a budget of $85-90 million. The Marvel comic is extremely popular among fans and the studio noted that they selected their cast very carefully in order to adhere to the high standards the audience will almost certainly hold up.
Source: Variety

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