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UPDATED with comments from Gad and Trank! It's clobberin' time as Fox has reportedly set their sights on an actor to play Ben Grimm a.k.a. Thing in THE FANTASTIC FOUR reboot!

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UPDATE: Josh Gad and Josh Trank have both taken to Twitter to deny this rumor. The rumor didn’t say that Gad had been cast though, only that he was Fox’s number one choice at this moment. Again though, with filming expected to start in the next couple of months they have to officially announce a cast soon.

Hey Yo, Draven here.

Last week we heard rumors for Josh Trank’s FANTASTIC FOUR reboot and specifically cast rumors for three of the FANTASTIC FOUR. Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and both Kate Mara and Saiorse Ronan are up for Sue Storm. We didn’t hear anything about Ben Grimm a.k.a. Thing but with filming expected to start soon, we knew it was just a matter of time before rumors would start to trickle out.

Well that time is now as is reporting that Josh Gad is Fox’s number 1 choice for the role of Ben Grimm. It makes sense on a couple of different levels though, with Gad fitting the age group of the other rumored actors, and he is coming off of an acclaimed vocal performance as Olaf the Snowman in FROZEN (with THING likely to be mostly a motion captured and vocal performance). So I could definitely see why he would be Fox’s number 1 choice.

I also think creatively it could be a good decision because I feel like Gad could capture that tormented but good natured attitude that Grimm needs. This isn’t confirmed yet and is just a rumor at this point but look for more rumors to continue to leak out until Fox actually announces something official.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is scheduled for June 19th, 2015.

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