OPPENHEIMER Actor David Krumholtz Met With THE FANTASTIC FOUR Director About Playing The Thing

OPPENHEIMER Actor David Krumholtz Met With THE FANTASTIC FOUR Director About Playing The Thing OPPENHEIMER Actor David Krumholtz Met With THE FANTASTIC FOUR Director About Playing The Thing

David Krumholtz, a huge comic book fan, has revealed that he met with The Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman about potentially taking on the role of Ben Grimm, aka The Thing...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 20, 2024 09:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

Marvel Studios officially announced the cast of The Fantastic Four earlier this month on Valentine's Day, with The Bear and The Punisher actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach set to take on the role of ben Grimm/The Thing.

Other actors had been rumored for the part in the buildup to the big reveal, but one name that didn't come up was Oppenheimer standout David Krumholtz.

While chatting to EW, Krumholtz revealed that his social media campaign to play The Thing paid off, and he managed to get a meeting with The Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman.

“It's been a big, sort of unabashedly craven goal of mine to be part of the MCU in some way. I met [director] Matt Shakman for Ben Grimm,” he tells the site. "I only met him on the strength of a Twitter post or an Instagram post that I then took down two hours after I posted it,” he says. “I was embarrassed. My post said, ‘I just want to be in the conversation.’ And it was a picture of the Thing, and Matt saw it somehow. And I had a meeting with him and we discussed it. And I've never been so bold in a meeting before, just begging for the role, just straight up selling the s--- out of it, the idea of how committed and passionate I was for it. But obviously that didn't happen.”

Now, Krumholtz appears to have set his sights on another FF villain: Mole Man!

“It’s not a joke at all,” the actor says of his recent social media post (see below). “I mean, it's a shoe-in for Mole Man, isn't it? But I don't know. I'll do anything Marvel tells me to. I'll probably end up playing like a superhero's therapist. Let's face it. There's slim pickings for guys like me in that world, unfortunately. I'm old and I'm not in any kind of acceptable shape. So we'll see how that works out, if it works out at all.”

Joining Moss-Bachrach will be Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us, Game of Thrones) as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning) as Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, and Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things) as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.

The Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on July 25, 2025.

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DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:32 PM
Probably too old. I just watched The Bear though and I'm pretty sure Ebon Moss-Bachrach is going to kill it. He's got that accent down to a science, dude is the perfect vibe for Ben Grimm.
bbting
bbting - 2/20/2024, 9:33 PM
@DankMan - they're the same age lol
DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:35 PM
@bbting - Damn really? Looks about 10 years older than Ebon
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 2/20/2024, 9:42 PM
@DankMan - he’s a year younger then Ebon Moss haha

I honestly thought he was older in his 50’s haha
DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:46 PM
@TheVisionary25 - same dude, I think Ebon just acts younger too. Especially in The Bear
Toecutter
Toecutter - 2/20/2024, 10:02 PM
@DankMan - He had thyroid cancer back in 2011. It probably took a toll on him.
DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 10:04 PM
@Toecutter - ahh, that would make sense. Glad he beat it, he is a good actor
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 2/20/2024, 10:10 PM
@Toecutter - damn , I did not know that

Glad he seems to be better now
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/20/2024, 10:21 PM
@DankMan - He's brilliant in that show. Everyone is great in that show. I believe fully that its the best series on tv right now.
Polaris
Polaris - 2/21/2024, 1:05 AM
@DankMan - He's so good in that! I liked him in the Punisher but in the Bear he's on another level. What a great show.
moanandgroan
moanandgroan - 2/21/2024, 3:58 AM
@McMurdo - Then you haven't seen Colin from Accounts yet :) It's the funniest show I have seen in years and no one has probably heard of it.
TheLight
TheLight - 2/20/2024, 9:32 PM
"David Krumholtz, a huge comic book fan, has revealed that he met with The Fantastic Four director Matt Shakman about potentially taking on the role of Ben Grimm, aka The Thing..."





Matchesz
Matchesz - 2/20/2024, 9:33 PM
Man I would really like to see him as their first villain Mole Man. We never got him in the other films. Kinda weird Bens going to be a tall lanky guy, just hope he smokes a cigar at some point
DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:38 PM
@Matchesz - He's going to be a CGI rock man. It'll be like Thanos where he does mo cap I'm guessing. They can make him any size they want to
DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:39 PM
@DankMan - Plus Ebon Moss is 6'1 and the Thing in the comics is 6'0
Matchesz
Matchesz - 2/20/2024, 9:49 PM
@DankMan - I just always picture a big buff actor as Ben, Michael Chiklis was good but way too short

DankMan
DankMan - 2/20/2024, 9:50 PM
@Matchesz - Ya, won't matter if he's already the Thing though
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 2/20/2024, 9:39 PM
Always remember him from Addams Family Values
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 2/20/2024, 9:48 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - Joel Glicker.

Great movie.
DudeGuy
DudeGuy - 2/20/2024, 10:10 PM
@WhatIfRickJames -
MCUKnight11
MCUKnight11 - 2/20/2024, 9:46 PM
The one edge Ebon has is that he has blue eyes which is perfect for the ever loving blue-eyed Thing.
dragon316
dragon316 - 2/21/2024, 5:20 AM
@MCUKnight11 - marvel change hair and skin color of kang valkery and elsa bloodstone pick someone with eyes least of there concern and there’s contacts
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 2/20/2024, 9:48 PM
I've always loved David Krumholtz.
NicolausCopernicus
NicolausCopernicus - 2/20/2024, 9:50 PM
John Goodman was born to play Ben Grimm, just saying
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/20/2024, 10:28 PM
@NicolausCopernicus - he's 109
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 2/20/2024, 9:52 PM
Moles Man not a bad choice lol but I think I got a good one here…





I can see him more of a sympathetic take on the character such as Molina’s which might be why we won’t get him since they will likely want to differentiate as much as possible if the MCU does their version of Doc Ock.

Anyway , Krumholtz is good from the little of his work that I have seen so I would be down to have him in the MCU either way!!.
MCUKnight11
MCUKnight11 - 2/20/2024, 10:09 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Danny DeVito and Brendan Fraser are my picks for Mole man and Ock respectively.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 2/20/2024, 10:16 PM
@MCUKnight11 - not bad



I could kinda see Fraser as Dr Connors or even Beta Ray Bill too
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 2/21/2024, 3:27 AM
@TheVisionary25 - that's a great pick. I was thinking Brent Spiner for Ock, but Krumholtz could work too.

No matter who plays Ock though, I do hope it's just an evil version. Peter probably trusts him after meeting Molina's Ock, but this Ock is gonna use that trust to just completely blindside Peter.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 2/21/2024, 5:42 AM
@bkmeijer1 - that could be cool!!
AC1
AC1 - 2/21/2024, 6:08 AM
@TheVisionary25 - I was gonna say the same thing, clearly he can portray intelligence well, and maybe the fact we've had a sympathetic Otto already would be a good reason to see him so something different with the role
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