‘Tintin’ star Jamie Bell cast in ‘The Fantastic Four’ as Thing

The Fantastic Four moves ahead at Fox, rebooting the franchise to ride the wave of success of all superhero films.

Actor Jamie Bell imitates a figure of Tintin, painted on a Thalys high-speed train, in Brussels October 22, 2011. Director Steven Spielberg and cast members, including Bell, attended the world premiere of his movie "The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn" in Brussels
Actor Jamie Bell imitates a figure of Tintin, painted on a Thalys high-speed train, in Brussels October 22, 2011. Director Steven Spielberg and cast members, including Bell, attended the world premiere of his movie “The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn” in Brussels

This week Fox confirmed the cast of the four main characters for the new film: “…the studio is in the final stages of negotiation with Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara for Invisible Girl, Michael B. Jordan for the Human Torch, and Jamie Bell for The Thing,” reports The Global Dispatch.

“Bell is the only name we have yet to hear attached to the project, but he’s a great addition to a promising young cast,” the article adds.

“The biggest surprise for me is Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, who eventually becomes the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing,” Hit Fix reported, adding that “I guess it’s going to be a largely CGI-driven performance, and I’m curious to see if Trank goes full performance capture or if the character will be more animation-oriented with Bell just handling the vocal end of it. I’d heard for a while that Trank liked an unknown for the part, but I’m guessing Fox wanted someone who at least had some name recognition. Bell, of course, also played Tintin for Steven Spielberg in a role that was all performance-capture, and when I talked to him about the process at a Q&A for the film during awards season the year it came out, it was in front of a crowd made up largely of SAG members. Bell had nothing but good things to say about performance capture and the opportunities it opens up for actors, and he also talked about how much he learned from co-starring with Andy Serkis in “Tintin.” Maybe this is Bell’s new career direction. He’s certainly a strong physical performer in the first place, and this seems like a great use of those skills.”

Bell voiced Tintin in the hit film by Steven Spielberg and is expected to return in the sequel, which will be directed by Peter Jackson after he completes the Hobbit trilogy.

Keep up with our coverage of the Tintin projects HERE

The Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on June 19, 2015.

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