THE FANTASTIC FOUR Star Paul Walter Hauser Explains Why He Was Initially Reluctant To Join The Reboot

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Star Paul Walter Hauser Explains Why He Was Initially Reluctant To Join The Reboot

The Fantastic Four star Paul Walter Hauser has admitted the franchise's rotten past in theaters made him think twice about joining the reboot and reveals what ultimately changed his mind. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Jun 02, 2024 04:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel's First Family hasn't had much luck on screen. There was the infamous 1994 Fantastic Four movie produced by the late Roger Corman which never officially saw the light of day and then the big budget 2005 and 2007 movies starring Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis.

Those weren't great and were a product of their time; so, when a reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank rolled around in 2015, there was a fair bit of excitement among fans. 

The trailers promised a body-horror tale but studio-mandated reshoots turned it into a mess.

The team has sat on the shelf ever since, though that will finally change next year with Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four. Filmmaker Matt Shakman has assembled an impressive A-List cast, including Black Bird and Cruella star Paul Walter Hauser.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor admitted that those awful past efforts made him think twice about starring in this latest reboot. 

"Don’t think that didn’t weigh in as I was deciding whether or not to take the job," Hauser said. "That movie has not fully been nailed just yet."

"But I really do think the combination of the screenplay, and the department heads that are working on the film, and that classy cast of really exciting actors - some of them known for a long time, and some of them having a moment right now - [make me feel that] this movie is special, and it was something I wanted to be a part of."

"Matt Shakman directed me years ago in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," he continued. "To come back together and collaborate on this movie in some capacity, it’s really exciting. I’m excited to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

Like the rest of The Fantastic Four's cast, it appears the script and Shakman's vision for these characters was enough to sell him on the idea of joining the MCU and giving them another chance.

Marvel Studios has 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. Julia Garner has also joined the reboot as Shalla-Bal/Silver Surfer.

Recent additions to the cast include Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich in mystery roles, along with Ralph Ineson as the villainous Galactus.

Director Matt Shakman 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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Malatrova15 - 6/2/2024, 4:51 AM
Good for him still reluctant
DravenCorvis - 6/2/2024, 4:53 AM
Still think the 2015 FF is an intriguing mess.

I thought there was some potential in it up till around the half way point (I remember there being a kinda jarring time jump).

I'm not saying it would've been a slam dunk, but I think it could've been better than it was.
kirbyfan - 6/2/2024, 4:58 AM
The inclusion of H.E.R.B.I.E. has me skeptical.
ProfessorWhy - 6/2/2024, 5:13 AM
@kirbyfan - I don't think that guy will make the jump to the MCU proper at the end of the movie. Pretty sure he is a representation of past iterations and will be dispatched accordingly
marvel72 - 6/2/2024, 8:35 AM
@kirbyfan - Yeah I have no idea why they think introducing H.E.R.B.I.E is a good idea.
soberchimera - 6/2/2024, 11:21 AM
@kirbyfan -
-NO ONE asked for H.E.R.B.I.E. considering the character only exists because they couldn't use Human Torch in the 1978 cartoon.
-NO ONE asked for Shalla-Bal to be the Silver Surfer
-NO ONE asked for Pedro Pascal to play Reed
-NO ONE asked for Galactus to appear in the first film.

Hopefully, it turns out great, but these bizarre creative decisions have greatly reduced my interest.
UncleHarm1 - 6/2/2024, 12:18 PM
@soberchimera - Technically someone did ask Pedro, that's how a job offer works
soberchimera - 6/2/2024, 12:25 PM
@UncleHarm1 - Touche, but I was speaking about the fanbase and GA who actually keep these franchises afloat with their dollars. The producers with the bad ideas are the ones who kill franchises, not the "toxic" fans.
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:07 PM
@kirbyfan - HERBIE is in countless great/mature F4 comics. He's not Scrappy Doo.
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:15 PM
@soberchimera - And yet NONE OF THAT is remotely true, crybaby dunce.

Now back you go to your scary-dumb troll echo chamber.
soberchimera - 6/2/2024, 2:09 PM
@JayTwelve -
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JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 2:31 PM
@soberchimera -

- HERBIE has been in several modern-day massively beloved Fantastic 4 comics by acclaimed writers. You're laughably/cluelessly acting like they included him because they're making a live action version of a goofy Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which they're not.

- People like you endlessly cry about "remaking the same old crap over and over again!" yet when they announce they're not copy/pasting the exact same Silver Surfer from the 2007 movie yet again you cluelessly cry "forced woke feminism!".

- Considering Pedro Pascal is objectively one of the single most popular actors in the world right now.....yeah, i'd say alot of people asked for him actually. And considering most of the cryfest responses to his casting has been "he's in too many things already!" all that does is prove the point even further.

- Sure lets not do Galactus in the "first" movie even though they've already done *four* F4 movies and the most we've ever got of Galactus is a silhouette made of clouds. Let's instead wait for a sequel that might not even happen for X amount of reasons for god knows how many more years. Logic make sense as always!

Getting it yet?

You're welcome ;- )
soberchimera - 6/2/2024, 2:55 PM
@JayTwelve -
-Ah yes, people remember John Byrne's run as one of the greatest because of those two issues featuring H.E.R.B.I.E, and what modern-day massively beloved F4 comics are you referring to? H.E.R.B.I.E was strangely absent from both Hickman and Waid's runs, two ACTUALLY massively beloved modern-day F4 comics. If you mean Dan Slott, I have no reason to take you seriously anymore.

-Over and over again? Rise of the Silver Surfer came out 17 years ago. We've had 3 different actors play Peter Parker within a span of 10 years 2007-2017 and yet we can't have Norrin Radd be Silver Surfer because people might confuse it with a crappy movie that came out in 2007?

-An actor's popularity doesn't equate with being right for the role, Jared Leto was very popular when he was cast as Joker being fresh off an Oscar win and look how that turned out. And no, the literally dozens of fan casting for Reed I've seen on this site from Dav Patel to William Jackson Harper, no one suggested Pedro Pascal at least those other two actors can convincingly play a super genius.

-Using the F4's biggest villain in the first movie will make all subsequent movies feel anticlimatic, imagine if they had used Thanos first and then done Ultron. And look at the lukewarm response to Kang as the MCU'S big bad following Endgame.
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 3:52 PM
@soberchimera -

- A laughably simple google image search of "fantastic four comics herbie" will prove that he's been in several modern-day F4 comics, plus I couldn't give the slightest toss which comic book writer you have a nerd hate-boner for. And completely regardless of all of that, you're literally complaining about the inclusion of a character in a movie you haven't seen yet/know factually less than nothing about. So much intelligent logic and basic common sense on display there. "FFS can you believe Korg the rock monster is going to be a goofy comic relief character in the Thor movie/that they're making a marvel movie where a TREE and a TALING RACCOON are the main characters??? LOL so many kiddy humor fails incoming!". Yes, let's definitely listen to you about how objectively terrible Herbie the robot's inclusion is going to be in a movie you've seen less than nothing of.

- Gee, it's almost as if the MCU Fantastic Four movie has confirmed to be taking place on an *alternate earth* where that female character became the silver surfer instead. But that's still ridiculous and illogical because it never happened in the comics (oh wait it did), and it's not like there's already a decades-long precedent both in comics and the MCU for female characters taking on the superhero mantle from male characters they're closely associated with. Oh hi "What If...."/Captain America/Black Panther etc etc etc. And most importantly, it's deeeeeefinitely not at all remotely likely that once this new F4 team merge onto the main MCU earth after Secret Wars that there'll be new Fantastic Four movies where (big spoilers) NORIN RADD became the Silver Surfer. Nah, lets incoherently rage-fart years before any of that gets to play out and instead beyond intelligently default to "dem dere MAN-HATING FEMINISTS came an TOOK OUR JOBS!!!!".

- Remind me again when you became a professional casting director for the biggest film franchise in the world and logically concluded that Pedro Pascal was an objectively terrible choice for the role of Reed Richards? His current popularity may have been what got him on their radar, but they wouldn't have handed him the role even if his audition sucked ass. Fan casting is worthless, "the internet" wanted Paul Bettany to play the Joker in The Dark Knight instead of "that talentless pretty-boy from the gay cowboy movie!", i'll take Chris Nolans opinion thanks. And if you genuinely believe there wouldn't be a hundred times more criticism if either of your fan-casting choices were picked then that says it all right there.

- Doctor Doom is factually/objectively/inarguably the Fantastic Four's biggest villain. Just because Galactus is literally larger in size or because it's more "cosmic" doesn't make him a more iconic villain, nor does it mean they need to spend 12 and a half MCU post credit scenes teasing him before he actually shows up. P.S. Kang's "lukewarm response" has literally nothing to do with the character itself and everything to do with the MCU being in a far less relevant state in pop culture since they blew their load with Endgame combined with the majority of movies they've made since then not being "must-see" to general audiences with a handful of exceptions like a three way Spider-Man crossover. P.P.S. they could've easily built up Ultron as the Endgame big-bad instead of Thanos if they wanted to. He's a major villain in the comics, plus regardless of that, it's all in the execution of the storytelling.

Game Over.
CaptainFlapjaks - 6/2/2024, 5:04 PM
@marvel72 - herbie voiced by john malcovich could be funny though at least if that is what his role is.
ObserverIO - 6/2/2024, 6:15 AM
This remains appropriately at number 4 on my list of most anticipated comic book adaptations.

1. Deadpool & Wolverine.
2. Beyond The Spider-Verse.
3. The Sandman Act IV (audible).
4. The Fantastic Four.
marvel72 - 6/2/2024, 8:34 AM
@ObserverIO -

1.Deadpool And Wolverine
2.Fantastic Four (If they cast Norrin Radd and he becomes the Silver Surfer)
3.Spider-Man:Beyond The Spider-Verse
YouFlopped - 6/2/2024, 6:24 AM
I mean it’s the F4, who wouldn’t be? Flop after Flop.

Better off joining wonder pets or sum…
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:12 PM
@YouFlopped - Flop after flop? LOL Both of the The 2000's F4 movies made over 300 million in an era when massively successful Batman and X-Men movies were making the same or even less.

An actual flop is Ben Affleck's Daredevil which couldn't even make 180 million with him being at the peak of his A-list celebrity.
YouFlopped - 6/2/2024, 2:35 PM
@JayTwelve - yeah sooo successful they made two movies instead of a trilogy? 😂😂😂

“Rise of the Silver Surfer was released on June 15, 2007 to generally mixed reviews and grossed over $301 million worldwide, but earned less than its predecessor which grossed $333.5 million worldwide. A third film was planned but ultimately cancelled.“

If it was soooo successful as you claim, where was the third movie? 🤔

And then the second attempt… disastrous.. you ain’t mention that… 😂

so yeah.. flop after flop 🪨
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 2:47 PM
@YouFlopped - Did you genuinely just try to state a non Batman/Spider-Man superhero movie sequel in 2007 making THREE.....HUNDRED.....million dollars is a quote "flop"? LOL

Oh look, that TERRIBLE Empire Strikes Back sequel made over *two hundred million dollars LESS* than the first Star Wars movie. What an absolutely ABYSMAL movie and a factual FLOP!

LOL times a million.
YouFlopped - 6/2/2024, 2:50 PM
@JayTwelve - so why didn’t they make a third one Jay?

Please let us know ❤️
TheVisionary25 - 6/2/2024, 6:50 AM
Sweet , I hope their faith in Shakman and the script pays off and this turns out well overall!!.

Also , I forgot he was in Always Sunny haha.

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Anyway , can’t wait to see him and the respective cast in their roles!!.
fanboy03191 - 6/2/2024, 11:20 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Sadly easy to since they took the episode down.
CaptainFlapjaks - 6/2/2024, 5:13 PM
@TheVisionary25 - i wonder where we will see them first. They will probably show them off in a post credit scene before their trailer drops
TheVisionary25 - 6/2/2024, 6:55 AM
Still can’t believe the level of talent being assembled for this , it’s nuts!!.

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marvel72 - 6/2/2024, 7:36 AM
With the current state of the downward spiralling MCU, I would be reluctant as well.
Origame - 6/2/2024, 7:43 AM
Ok, just gotta remember he's now a Disney employee. Gotta wait until after the DVD releases before I start to hear his honest thoughts, and give him slack for anything he says before that.
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:04 PM
@Origame - LOL my god you triggered nerds are a special type of pathetic
Origame - 6/2/2024, 1:13 PM
@JayTwelve - thats a pretty big reaction for such a basic take.

Is there some projecting I'm sensing?
bobevanz - 6/2/2024, 9:20 AM
Lol one of my favorite episodes
dragon316 - 6/2/2024, 10:40 AM
Read a lot of bad things be in marvel movies over years
Inktown03 - 6/2/2024, 11:37 AM
He was reluctant but he still took the job at the end of the day……money.
CaptainFlapjaks - 6/2/2024, 5:15 PM
@Inktown03 - or just didnt want to be tied down to a franchise for years. It may be secure but it does close a lot of doors due to scheduling
WhateverItTakes - 6/2/2024, 11:54 AM
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Origame - 6/2/2024, 2:41 PM
@WhateverItTakes - hey, FYI, I don't know why this spilled over into this thread, but if you wanna know the conclusion he blocked me 🤣
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:21 PM
@Origame - Yes genius, i'm "projecting" that I too am secretly waiting for the DVD release to hear an actors "honest thoughts" about the fake movie they're about to work on LOL

You dullards use the same 3 and half troll buzzwords over and over for all your laughably pathetic excuses of a comeback without even checking if it makes the slightest bit of coherent sense. (Spoilers, it didn't....again.)

Enjoy being forever triggered over "eViL dIsNey!!!!!" X-)
Origame - 6/2/2024, 1:46 PM
@JayTwelve - no, you're projecting that you're a triggered need. And this is just further confirmation to that fact 🤣
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 1:56 PM
@Origame - Genius non-response, Nickolas Neckbeardo.

Keep the HI-larious fake laugh emoji replies coming while you continue terminally seething for the rest of your oh-so obvious "epic" life ;- )
marvel72 - 6/2/2024, 4:55 PM
@Origame - Looks like @JayTwelve has vanished from existence.

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