When Miles Teller (The Divergent Series) signed on the dotted line to become Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, on Fox’s Fantastic Four movie, the plan was for him to stretch his acting talents into a movie sequel. But, as you guys already know, the Josh Trank-directed movie turned out to be an awful mess universally panned by fans and critics alike (it bombed, tanked, sucked, etc., etc.), leading Fox to pull Fantastic Four 2 from its schedule.
During Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (via Collider), Teller not only opened up about the whole FF backlash thing, offering support to the cast and crew of the comic-book movie, but also confirmed recent rumors that he’d been up for the role of a young Han Solo in Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars anthology movie. Let’s start with this one first, shall we?
Just last week, news broke that Disney had narrowed the list of front-runners for the highly-sought role to a handful of actors that include Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Hail, Caesar!).
Teller, who'd been in the running for the role made famous by Harrison Ford, was cut out of the race in less than 12 parsecs after apparently meeting with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie).The actor confirmed he auditioned for Han Solo in the movie penned by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and revealed he'd never seen Star Wars prior to auditioning for the role of everyone’s favorite space smuggler.
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
I’ve got to admit to be mildly surprised Miles Teller had never seen Star Wars before he auditioned for the role, but that’s just my geeky heart talking, and I’m glad he got around to seeing it. Now, here’s what he had to say about the whole Fantastic Four fiasco.
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
Teller also touched upon what he learned about the whole experience, which saw major strife between Josh Trank and the studio.
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position.”
Right now, it’s unclear what Fox plans to do with Marvel’s First Family. Will they kill the franchise until the rights revert back to Marvel (I wouldn't bet on it.)? Will they keep the main actors and/or start from scratch again and somewhat reboot the FF within the X-Men cinematic universe (There were talks of a crossover after all.)? Will they move ahead with a sequel? Or will they do like Sony did with Spidey: work with Marvel Studios to give the FF the movie it deserves (Don't hold your breath.)? So. Many. Questions.