MORBIUS Actor Matt Smith Has Reportedly Been Offered Reed Richards Role In FANTASTIC FOUR

MORBIUS Actor Matt Smith Has Reportedly Been Offered Reed Richards Role In FANTASTIC FOUR

Matt Smith (Morbius, House of the Dragon) is now rumored to have been offered the role of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in Marvel Studios' upcoming Fantastic Four reboot...

By MarkCassidy - Aug 01, 2023 07:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

We recently heard that Adam Driver had passed on playing Reed Richards in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot because he couldn't connect with the role, and it sounds like Marvel Studios may have reached out with an offer to another actor - though we can see fans being a lot more divided on this potential pick!

According to Daniel Richtman (via Patreon), Matt Smith has now been offered the role of the patriarch of Marvel's First Family, Mr. Fantastic.

Apparently, Smith was offered the part prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike, but it's not clear if he's accepted or not.

Smith will probably still be best known for playing the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, but more recently, he appeared in HBO's House of the Dragon, and Sony Pictures' much-maligned Morbius.

This isn't the first time we've heard Smith's name mentioned in connection with the role, but, from what we understand, he wasn't viewed as a "serious contender." 

Last we heard, Vanessa Kirby had an offer for Sue Storm, but Daveed Diggs is no longer said to be the front-runner to play Ben Grimm/The Thing. No solid word on which actor the studio has in mind for Johnny Storm/Human Torch.

Matt Shakman will direct from a script by Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer. Plot details are still a mystery, but Feige has confirmed that this will not be another origin story for the super-team.

“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” he said in a 2022 interview, comparing this new take on the heroes to Marvel Studios' pact with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. “We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”

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bobevanz - 8/1/2023, 7:34 PM
Me too, but I turned it down. Baseless rumors are fun!
StSteven - 8/1/2023, 9:26 PM
@bobevanz - Holy shit! You were offered the part too? So was I! And my wife was offered the Sue role while my two 7 and 4 year old daughters were offered to roles of Johnny and Ben (respectively). We turned them down when my girls figured out that they weren't Disney Princess roles. But there was a Marvel van going around our neighborhood door-to-door offering those parts. Wait... now that I think about it that van might have said "Marvin El Studios" and not "Marvel Studios" on it. Whew! Looks like we dodged a bullet there. Still going to keep my eyes open for that "D.C. Studs" van which I hear is headed our way though.
CorndogBurglar - 8/1/2023, 11:58 PM
@StSteven @bobevanz

Dude! I just saw that van come through my neighborhood! They offered me the role of Reed Ricardos! When I turned that down they offered me the role of El Cosa! But I didn't want to be covered in rocks. So they drove off after that because they already gave El Humana Antorchas and Invisible Mujer to some gringos two streets over.

Man. Los Cuatros Fantasticos is gonna be way better than the MCU's Fantastic Four.
StSteven - 8/2/2023, 12:35 AM
@CorndogBurglar - Pero pero pero, "El Muero"?!?
WhatIfRickJames - 8/1/2023, 7:35 PM
I’m alright with that. He has a perfectly shaped head for it
Shivermetimbers - 8/1/2023, 8:59 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - Yeah it looks like its stretching already. (Bad) Jokes aside, I liked him immensely in House of the Dragon, so I think it would be cool for him to get the Reed role.
TheNewYorker - 8/1/2023, 9:12 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - nahhhh, chill.
WhatIfRickJames - 8/1/2023, 9:18 PM
@Shivermetimbers - he is great in HOTD and he could totally play one of the smartest men in the world. I’m down
Fogs - 8/2/2023, 3:49 AM
@Shivermetimbers - hahahh I genuinely LOL'd with your comment.
Shivermetimbers - 8/2/2023, 9:22 AM
@Fogs - As long as one person laughs...:)
SirDuckAlot - 8/1/2023, 7:38 PM
Get unknowns for the roles.
Starlight - 8/1/2023, 8:18 PM
@SirDuckAlot - Well, pretty close, right?...
CorndogBurglar - 8/1/2023, 11:59 PM
@SirDuckAlot - They aren't gonna have much choice if too much more time passes. No one seems to want to put their name on this thing.
DocSpock - 8/1/2023, 7:39 PM

Driver was wrong for the role.

This is worse.

Shivermetimbers - 8/1/2023, 9:00 PM
@DocSpock - Why? I think he could pull it off. He gives more villian vibes so maybe he'd be better as Dr. Doom, but I would not mind seeing him in the role.
WhatIfRickJames - 8/1/2023, 9:19 PM
@DocSpock - Minnie Driver would make a terrible Reed Richards, I agree
DocSpock - 8/1/2023, 9:28 PM
@WhatIfRickJames -

Don't say that out loud. Hollyweird might hear you.

CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 12:00 AM
@DocSpock - I'm not familiar with him, but at least this guy kind of looks like Reed. I could never see Adam Driver as Reed Richard's. As much as I love Driver as an actor, he just didn't look like Reed at all.
McMurdo - 8/2/2023, 12:26 AM
@DocSpock - he's a brilliant actor. FF would be so lucky to have him.

Bad take.
McMurdo - 8/2/2023, 12:26 AM
@CorndogBurglar - how have you not watched House of Dragon? He's incredible as Damien. Literally incredible. His best work.
DocSpock - 8/2/2023, 12:44 AM
@McMurdo -

He is a very good actor. I could see him as Mr. Sinister. Not Reed.

Denzel Washington for Mr. Fantastic!

McMurdo - 8/2/2023, 11:03 PM
@DocSpock - Sinister would be sick ngl
TheVisionary25 - 8/1/2023, 7:41 PM
Ok , I’m biased but I’m all for this so give it to me now!!.

I think I also hear Josh Wilding die a little inside.
MrDandy - 8/1/2023, 7:42 PM
Matt Smith is an incredible actor. He’d be a great pick. However, with his obligations to House of the Dragon, I know better than to get my hopes up.
TheVisionary25 - 8/1/2023, 7:43 PM
@MrDandy - yeah , House of The Dragon makes this unlikely but we’ll see.
LordHarryLatts - 8/1/2023, 7:46 PM
Honestly, between the strike and all the ridiculous rumors....shut the f up with this movie already.
BobGarlen - 8/1/2023, 7:50 PM
But would Mr. Fantastic do the "Milo" Dance from Morbius? If not, why waste him?
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/1/2023, 7:53 PM
I could actually see him being a Reed that turns into the maker
TheVisionary25 - 8/1/2023, 8:05 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - agreed

Smith can play dark and evil well.

TheIronDuck - 8/1/2023, 8:15 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - I would hope they don't pass up the opportunity to make Miles Teller The Maker.
DrReedRichards - 8/1/2023, 9:20 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA -

Matt Smith, Eddie Redmayne, or JGL wold be perfect as 1610-Reed.
dracula - 8/1/2023, 8:03 PM

My doctor and he needs a good role
TheUnworthyThor - 8/1/2023, 8:08 PM
Well that sounds absolutely perfect. Make that happen. Him and Vanessa Kirby as Sue would be like a dream casting.
CaptainCheese - 8/1/2023, 8:10 PM
Can he do an American accent?
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