THE FANTASTIC FOUR: LaKeith Stanfield Suggests He Lost Silver Surfer Role To Julia Garner

THE FANTASTIC FOUR: LaKeith Stanfield Suggests He Lost Silver Surfer Role To Julia Garner THE FANTASTIC FOUR: LaKeith Stanfield Suggests He Lost Silver Surfer Role To Julia Garner

With Julia Garner cast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Silver Surfer in The Fantastic Four, LaKeith Stanfield has hinted he missed out on the role. We also have news on a Human Torch runner-up...

By JoshWilding - Apr 04, 2024 02:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

The news broke yesterday that Julia Garner will play Silver Surfer in Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four. However, the key distinction is that the Inventing Anna star is taking on the role of Shalla-Bal and not a female Norrin Radd. 

With rumours swirling that the reboot takes place in a different reality, it makes sense for there to be some changes which can be brought more in line with the comic books when Marvel's First Family arrive on Earth-616. 

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Haunted Mansion star LaKeith Stanfield commented on Garner's casting by saying, "Thought it was going to be me but ig." 

Some fans believe the actor is disappointed to have missed out on the role, while others are convinced he might have been passed over in preference of Garner as Shalla-Bal. Of course, there's a chance he is The Fantastic Four's Norrin Radd and inadvertently let the cat out of the bag with a tongue-in-cheek social media post. 

As always, we'll have to wait and see. 

He's not the only one to have missed out on starring in the 2025 movie, though, as Nicholas Galitzine has told Variety that he was indeed among those in contention to play The Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm/Human Torch. 

Confirming he had "conversations" about the project with Marvel Studios before the role went to Joseph Quinn, the Mary & George star revealed that the Stranger Things star gave him a heads up before the announcement because they're real-life friends. 

However, Galitzine had to reach out to his team when the internet speculation got too much. "I was like, 'Guys, I’m sure it’s not true, but I have to make certain it’s not true.' And they go, 'Yeah, it’s not true.'"

On Valentine's Day, Marvel Studios announced that Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) will lead The Fantastic Four cast. Since then, Julia Garner has joined the reboot as Shalla-Bal/Silver Surfer.

Director Matt Shakman has worked with both Avatar: The Way of Water co-writer Josh Friedman and WandaVision's Cam Squires on The Fantastic Four's screenplay, with Eric Pearson (Black Widow) recently coming on board for a final polish.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025.

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harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 4/4/2024, 2:56 PM
he had a penis User Comment Image
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/4/2024, 3:30 PM
@harryba11zack - its dangerous to speak the truth around here
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 4/4/2024, 3:36 PM
@Matchesz - User Comment Image
SATW42
SATW42 - 4/4/2024, 3:48 PM
@Matchesz - if being called out for being an idiot is dangerous, maybe.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/4/2024, 3:51 PM
@SATW42 - how am i an idiot cause apparently im a proud boy 😂 dont make asses out yourselves and start assuming if ur gon call me that
SATW42
SATW42 - 4/4/2024, 4:02 PM
@Matchesz - Did I say that? I didn't say that. Interesting that's where you go but I didn't say that. I just called you an idiot.
528491
528491 - 4/4/2024, 5:09 PM
@harryba11zack - to be fair, Silver Surfer doesn't have a Penis.

He rides on his board around butt naked, and fairly certain he's never been depicted with a penis.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 4/4/2024, 5:31 PM
@528491 - yes he does, its just very very cold out in space.
supermanrex
supermanrex - 4/4/2024, 5:35 PM
@SATW42 - here is the thing about these clowns. they trying to play mad about this guy not getting the part. but we know full damn well if he got the part we be having to hear their bullshit crying over race swapping vs gender swapping. so no matter what these fools bitching about wokeness this and wokeness that.
Monkeyballs2
Monkeyballs2 - 4/4/2024, 5:51 PM
@supermanrex - Exactly. Whining maggots are mad that a white man isn’t playing a silver man. Instead a white woman is playing a silver woman. lol
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/4/2024, 5:58 PM
@Monkeyballs2 - asshat take
SATW42
SATW42 - 4/4/2024, 6:01 PM
@Matchesz - or an accurate one.
Monkeyballs2
Monkeyballs2 - 4/4/2024, 6:06 PM
@Matchesz - I hit a bit too close to the bone. Huh?
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/4/2024, 6:09 PM
@SATW42 - he said whining maggots i cant even take the rest serious after. Sounds like our disney overlords r beginning to take over ppls minds star trek Borg style.
Monkeyballs2
Monkeyballs2 - 4/4/2024, 6:18 PM
@Matchesz - cool conspiracy hat you’re wearing. Nerd. All of these comic movies are shit now. They’ve been shit for years and years and you’re getting all worked up over a woman being cast for a character that you have an unhealthy affection for. Get a life. Maggot.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 4/4/2024, 6:35 PM
@Monkeyballs2 - nobody worked up, ur comment was a asshat assumption. female taskmaster was a flop, i like when company generally learn from their mistakes. Shows politics is more important than entertainment
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 4/4/2024, 6:56 PM
@528491 - He clearly wears silver shorts.
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There's no nudity in the void of space. 😝
marvel72
marvel72 - 4/4/2024, 7:36 PM
@528491 - Silver Surfer wears underwear.
UncleHarm1
UncleHarm1 - 4/4/2024, 8:07 PM
@harryba11zack - Silver Surfer does not have a penis, that wouldn't be comic accurate
KennKathleen
KennKathleen - 4/4/2024, 8:30 PM
@harryba11zack - let's not forget this 💎 displaying the true likeness of Christ.

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BaddestOptics
BaddestOptics - 4/4/2024, 8:36 PM
@Matchesz - dismissing Disney overlords on a website dedicated to selling you their content. Way to fight the machine, chief.
vectorsigma
vectorsigma - 4/4/2024, 8:57 PM
@Matchesz @harryba11zack - lol, so right!
kirbyfan
kirbyfan - 4/5/2024, 3:31 AM
@Monkeyballs2 - How about just following the source material, or is that too hard?
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 4/5/2024, 8:43 AM
@528491 - There's only one instance I can remember and that was in the alternate reality comic Ruins #1. So Shalla Bal was only Surfer in one alternate reality comic and Surfer only had a dick in one alt reality comic. That's 1-1.
marvel72
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 11:45 AM
@harryba11zack - Silver Surfer Norrin Radd 700 odd issues.

Shalla-Bal less than 60 comic book appearances.

Let's introduce Shalla-Bal as the Silver Surfer.
cadunovaes01
cadunovaes01 - 4/6/2024, 3:06 PM
@harryba11zack - good reference, Lakeith was L on the (terrible) Death Note’s Netflix
blitzkreg
blitzkreg - 4/4/2024, 2:56 PM
They already lost me with going with a female silver surfer. Galactus has female heralds !!! Why not use one of those ?
soberchimera
soberchimera - 4/4/2024, 3:00 PM
@blitzkreg - BeCauSE tHEy’Re d0InG EarF X
Origame
Origame - 4/4/2024, 3:03 PM
@blitzkreg - what, are you saying a woman can't be the silver surfer?

Next thing you'll tell me a woman can't be he man 🤣
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 4/4/2024, 4:05 PM
@Origame - [frick], now I expect them to make Silver Surfer a tranny
supermanrex
supermanrex - 4/4/2024, 5:40 PM
@Origame - there aleady was a woman silver surfer in the comics. the silver surfer is a mantle and a set of powers granted to an individual by Galactus. nothing about that nails it down to a gender. so at the end of the day. disappointed or not they are sticking to the source material. i was butt hurt for a second cause i wanted norrin radd surfer, but im over it. lets get this movie made and out already!!!
Origame
Origame - 4/4/2024, 5:59 PM
@supermanrex - no its not.

You're thinking of earth x, where this character gained the powers of the silver surfer in a "dark knight returns" style universe as a byproduct of making franklin Richard's the new galactus and died the same issue she got those powers.

Silver surfer has never been a mantle. It's always been the nickname for norrin because his unique appearance when given the powers cosmic made him appear as a silver man on a surf board.

If you mean herald of galactus, yes there have been other heralds of galactus. Some of them women. So why not use them?
AvalonX
AvalonX - 4/4/2024, 7:48 PM
@Origame - ignore that idiot. I was the first one to tell the idiots who immedietly googled to arm themselves only for me to tell them it was an elseworlds limited series. Franklin was Galactus is that story...

Universe X is not considered canon
Origame
Origame - 4/4/2024, 8:00 PM
@AvalonX - exactly. No one cares about context. It's always what fits their agenda.

Hence why we're getting a black panther series of films with shuri even though she was only black panther for a very small arc while the real black panther, tchalla, was recovering.
Toonstrack
Toonstrack - 4/4/2024, 9:25 PM
@AvalonX - neither is the mcu lol
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 4/5/2024, 8:47 AM
@Origame - We got one film. And I suppose you're going to blame that on Iger too even though Chadwick Boseman didn't die until 2020.

Oh but Iger greenlit a sequel to a billion dollar film so it must be his fault, lol.
Origame
Origame - 4/5/2024, 9:19 AM
@ObserverIO - dude, he approved of constant films where beloved male characters are replaced by "better" female versions.

Plus, I didn't even blame iger here for that.
marvel72
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 11:48 AM
@soberchimera - Earth X is a fantastic story though, I love it.

But they should have gone with Norrin Radd as The Silver Surfer.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 4/4/2024, 2:58 PM
is this article purposely trying to piss people off more and keep the fire burning after the news broke yesterday orrrrr....?
DravenCorvis
DravenCorvis - 4/4/2024, 4:23 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - "is this article purposely trying to piss people off more and keep the fire burning after the news broke yesterday"

Yes.
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